Akarua Chardonnay

Tasting Note

Region: Central Otago

Sub Regions: Bannockburn and Pisa


Kawarau (Bannockburn) 62%

Clones: 15 and 6, varying rootstocks

Aspect: north/north west sloping elevated glacial terrace

Row orientation: east/west

Soil: weakly structured light alluvial soils overlaying schist rock

Vine age:  22 years

Trellis system & pruning: VSP, spur


Pisa 38%

Clones: 6, Mendoza, own rootstocks, certified organic

Aspect: flat and level river terrace created by glacial activity

Row orientation: north/south

Soil: fine silt loam over schist based alluvial gravels

Vine age: 25 years

Trellis system & pruning: VSP, spur

Vintage Notes

Growing conditions: An exceptionally warm, dry spring and early summer gave us unusually high early season growth. Extraordinary summer heat brought the whole growing season forward culminating in our earliest harvest on March 1st. Late summer brought us record high rainfall with relatively cool daytime temperatures. These cooler temperatures kept disease pressure in check and the fruit delivered to the winery by the vineyard crew was in excellent condition.


Whole bunch pressed, barrel fermented, bottled unfined

Yeast:  wild / Burgundy yeast strain, 90% malolactic fermentation

Fermentation: <20°, 3 weeks

Oak: 1-12 year old barrels, 5% new, Gillet/Saury/Francois Freres

Lees: 10 months, once monthly battonage

Tasting Note

Golden, straw colour.
Complex nose of yellow nectarine flesh, lemon zest, kaffir lime leaf, clover honey and earthy minerality with exotic notes of papaya and jasmine. Palate follows through with pink grapefruit juiciness, fine linear acidity lending length and focus, lifted ground fennel spice perfume and finishing with river stone minerals.

Winemakers Notes:

"In 2018, a warmer than average vintage; our Pisa block had a cooler vintage with more marked diurnal variation than Bannockburn. The ripening period was more drawn out and we harvested the fruit more than 2 weeks later. The Pisa fruit displayed excellent acid retention and I think this is evident in the final wine. Lifted mineral-led spice notes from the broken-down schist soils of our Kawarau block are becoming more apparent as the vines age and their roots become more deeply connected to their terroir."

Recommended cellaring 5-7 years

Technical Analysis

Winemaker: Andrew Keenleyside

Vineyard Manager: Mark Naismith

Harvest dates:
23rd Feb Kawarau / 12th March Pisa

Brix at Harvest:
22.0 Kawarau / 22.1 Pisa

Alcohol: 12.63%

Residual Sugar: 0.4 g/l

Titratable Acidity: 6.9

Akarua  2018 Chardonnay - Akarua

2018 Chardonnay

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