Akarua Pinot Gris

Tasting Note


Region: Central Otago

Sub Region: Bannockburn


Vineyard block: Cairnmuir White (100%)

Clones: Barry, Larcome

Row orientation: East / West

Soil: Very sandy fine schist with free draining loams

Vine age: 11 years old

Trellising system & pruning: VSP, spur

Cropping: 6.6 T/Ha


Growing conditions: Cool and unsettled spring conditions meant a slightly later bud burst and slow vine growth early in the season. Fortunately, things stabilised and warmed in time for flowering in mid-December. Late summer we had relatively moderate daytime temperatures, but with excellent diurnal shift (warm days, cool nights). A cool drawn out finish gave us a long, slow ripening and increased flavour intensity.
The result was a smaller vintage of excellent quality.

Grower Degree Days:  965 GDD

Rain mls: 225 mm for Oct-April growing season


Whole bunch pressed

Ferment Vessel: 10% Barrel, 90% tank

Yeast: Inoculated and Wild – various strains

Fermentation Temp: 13-15°

Lees: stirred weekly



Tasting Note

Bright and clear with a pale golden hue.

Lifted aromas of white peach, pear blossom and ginger spice.

On the palate, ripe pears with nectarine and orange peel; and creamy texture which enhances the rich fruit flavours. A spine of fine, balanced acidity leads to a long mineral-infused finish.

Well-structured with both the richness and poise that typifies Akarua Pinot Gris.



Winemaker’s Notes:


“The 2017 Akarua Pinot Gris comes from a cooler, single block on our Cairnmuir Road (home) vineyard which naturally exhibits wonderful acid retention. The parent material of the soil here is schist that has been ground up over time, giving the wine the minerality and purity for which Bannockburn is known.”


3-5 years.


Vineyard Manager Mark Naismith

Winemaker  Andrew Keenleyside

Harvest date: 5th April 2017

Brix at Harvest: 21-23

Alcohol: 13.5 %

Residual Sugar: 6.8/l

Titratable Acidity: 7.9

Bottled:  September 2017

PH: 3.12

Production: 595 Cases

Akarua Pinot Gris 2017 Pinot Gris - Akarua

Akarua Pinot Gris
2017 Pinot Gris

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