Akarua Pinot Gris

Tasting Note

Region: Central Otago

Sub Region: Bannockburn


Cairnmuir Rd Vineyard; 88%

Vineyard block: Cairnmuir White

Clones: Barry, Larcome
Aspect: west facing flat river terrace

Row orientation: east/west

Soil: Very sandy fine schist with free draining loams

Vine age: 12 years old

Trellising system & pruning:
VSP, spur

Cropping: 6.6 T/Ha


Felton Terraces Vineyard: 12%

Vineyard block: Maia

Clones: 2/15

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:  20 years

Trellis system & pruning: VSP, spur




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.


Grower Degree Days:  1,283 GDD

Rainfall: 426 ml Oct-April

Whole bunch pressed

Ferment Vessel: 27% barrel incl.
2 x new acacia barrels

Yeast: Inoculated and Wild – various strains

Fermentation Temp: 13-15°

Lees: stirred weekly


Bright and clear with a pale golden hue.

Pretty lifted perfume of rockmelon, Beurre Bosq pear, summer fruits and jasmine, with lovely texture balancing a fine backbone of acidity. The finish is bright and zesty with pink grapefruit and alluring spice notes of fresh nutmeg and chilli.


Winemaker’s Notes:

“Using acacia oak this year has really accentuated the pretty summer fruit and floral characters we love from our Bannockburn pinot gris vineyards. The schist soils here are very fine and sandy, especially in the Cairnmuir Rd block and this presents as a mineral/spice note on the finish of this wine.”


3-5 years.


Vineyard Manager: Mark Naismith

Winemaker: Andrew Keenleyside

Harvest date: 1st - 6th April 2018

Brix at Harvest:  21-23

Alcohol: 14 %

Residual Sugar: 5.4g/l

Titratable Acidity: 5.6/L

Bottled:  September 2018

PH: 3.22

Akarua  2018 Pinot Gris  - Akarua

2018 Pinot Gris

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