Akarua Brut

Tasting Note


54% Pinot Noir, 46% Chardonnay



Cairnmuir Rd (home block)

Kawarau, Clutha, Cairnmuir Rise, Cairnmuir Red

Clones: 5,6,114,15 varying rootstocks

Aspect: north/north west sloping elevated glacial terrace

Row orientation: east/west

Soil: weakly structured light alluvial soils overlaying schist rock

Elevation: 270m

Vine age:  21 years

Trellis system & pruning: VSP, spur

Felton Rd Terraces
Vineyards: Kofiua, Kolo
667,115; varying rootstocks
north west

Row orientation: east/west

Soil:Young alluvial, schist based sandy silt and loams overlaying schist rock

Elevation: 240m

Vine age: 21 years

Trellis system & pruning: VSP, spur



Vineyards: Lilyvale, Murrel

Clones: 6

Aspect: flat and level river terrace created by glacial activity

Elevation: 205m

Row orientation: north/south

Soil: fine silt loam over schist based alluvial gravels

Vine age: 25 years

Trellis system & pruning: VSP, spur

Vineyard: 25 steps

Clones: 777

Aspect: highly undulating

Elevation: 200-317m

Soil: Sandy, stony loam topsoil, sub soil mix of deep gravels and clay loams

Vine age: 16 years old

Trellis system & pruning: VSP, spur BASE WINEMAKING/blending

- 100% hand-harvested

- whole bunch pressed

- parcels kept separate for ferment

- 4% old French barriques, rest stainless

- mix wild/inoculated yeast

- base wines unfined


Individual parcels blended with 15% reserve wine to 2009


TIrage / lees aging

Aged on lees in bottle following secondary fermentation for 18 months, riddled, disgorged, aged on cork for an additional minimum 3 mths before release.


Tasting note

LIfted florals, citrus and stonefruit perfume, with freshly baked baguette. Palate is zesty and fresh, with complex autolytic toasted brioche notes and fine persistent bead. Lovely length and mouth filling richness balanced with bright acidity. The perfect aperitif.



Winemakers: Andrew Keenleyside &

Dr Tony Jordan

Tiraged: Sept 2017

Disgorged: From March 2019

Dosage: 6 g/L

ABV: 13%


Akarua  NV Brut - Akarua

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  • Gold Medal


    Gold Medal

    New York World Wine & Spirits Competition 2016
    China Wine & Spirit Awards 2015
    China Wine & Spirit Awards 2014
    Air New Zealand Wine Awards 2013
    Decanter Asia Wine Awards 2013
    Blue Gold - Sydney International Wine Competition 2017


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