Akarua Pinot Noir

Tasting Note

REGION

Region: Central Otago

Sub Region: Bannockburn

VINEYARDs

Cairnmuir Vineyard 60%

Kawarau, Clutha, Southview,

Cairnmuir Rise

Clones: 5,6,13, 115; 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 Vineyard 40%

Kofiua, Kolo

Clones: 5,777,667,115,113; varying rootstocks

Aspect: 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

 

VINTAGE

Growing conditions: 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 textbook Bannockburn diurnal shift (warm days, cool nights). A cool drawn out finish gave us a long, slow ripening period.
The result was a smaller vintage with excellent flavour intensity.

Grower Degree Days:  965 GDD

Rain mls: 225 mm for Oct-April growing

REGION

Region: Central Otago

Sub Region: Bannockburn

VINEYARDs

Cairnmuir Vineyard 60%

Kawarau, Clutha, Southview,

Cairnmuir Rise

Clones: 5,6,13, 115; 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 Vineyard 40%

Kofiua, Kolo

Clones: 5,777,667,115,113; varying rootstocks

Aspect: 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

 

VINTAGE

Growing conditions: 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 textbook Bannockburn diurnal shift (warm days, cool nights). A cool drawn out finish gave us a long, slow ripening period.
The result was a smaller vintage with excellent flavour intensity.

Grower Degree Days:  965 GDD

Rain mls: 225 mm for Oct-April growing

VINIFICATION

Whole bunch fermentation: 0%

Pre-ferment maceration: 5 days

Yeast: Inoculated and wild

Fermentation heat: Peaked at 31°C

Punch-downs: Twice daily

Post fermentation maceration: 6 days

Oak treatment: 10 months in 29% new French barriques, medium-plus toast, mostly Alliers & Vosges forests

Tasting note

Deep and bright ruby.

A riot of freshly-picked berry perfume - blueberries, raspberries and blackberries, with freshly ground nutmeg and wild rose petals. The palate structure is lithe; the acids are juicy yet taut, and the fine supple tannins lengthen the mineral-led finish. The fruit spectrum finishes darker and more brambly with rich notes of bitter chocolate, fresh coffee and cigar smoke.

Winemaker’s Notes:

“I love the textbook rich, dark notes coming once again from our Cairnmuir vineyard fruit interacting with the barrels. However, this year we’re seeing pretty lifted red notes and lovely tension from the lengthy ripening period in our Felton Rd parcels. The greater diurnal shift here drives acids with subtle power, and a dance of tannins across the palate giving the wine energy and life. I think the trifecta of Dijon clones, schist soils and marked diurnal shift will result in acids and tannins of increasing finesse and presence as the vines age. Cellar for 3-10 years.”

TECHNICAL ANALYSIS

Vineyard Mgr       •  Mark Naismith

Winemaker           •  Andrew Keenleyside

Bottled                   •  February 2018

Brix at Harvest     •  22-24

Alcohol                  •  14 %

Akarua Pinot Noir 2017 Pinot Noir - Akarua

Akarua Pinot Noir
2017 Pinot Noir

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