Akarua Pinot Noir

Tasting Note

Region: Central Otago

Sub Region: Bannockburn

VINEYARDs

Cairnmuir Vineyard 80%

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:  22 years

Trellis system & pruning: VSP, spur

 

Felton Rd Vineyard 20%

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: 22 years

Trellis system & pruning: VSP, spur

 

VINTAGE

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. In late summer we had 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
Yield: 5.5t/ha

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

 

VINIFICATION

Whole bunch fermentation: 11%

Pre-ferment maceration: 5 days

Yeast: 50% wild

Fermentation heat: Peaked at 31°C

Punch-downs: Twice daily

Post fermentation maceration: 6 days

Oak treatment: 11 months in 29% new French barriques, medium-plus toast, mostly Alliers & Vosges forests

Tasting note

Deep and bright ruby.

Multi-faceted nose of blood plums and red cherries; with star anise, nutmeg and cinnamon; and garrigue - brambles, wild thyme, heather, rosehip and crushed herbs. The palate structure is lithe; the acids are juicy yet taut, and the fine supple tannins lengthen the smoky mineral finish. The flavour spectrum finishes with earthy notes from the vineyards - schist gravels and river pebbles.

Winemaker’s Notes:

“I love the transparency in this vintage of Akarua Pinot Noir. By that I mean I can really see the rugged beauty of our mountain vineyards in the wine. The wild thyme, rosehip and scrubby brambles are so present, as is a perfume of the rocks and bony soils of the mountains. Vine age is really starting to play its part, as the flavours in the fruit reflect a picture of the vineyards in a complex and intriguing way."

TECHNICAL ANALYSIS

Vineyard Mgr       •  Mark Naismith

Winemaker          •  Andrew Keenleyside

Bottled                  •  February 2018

Brix at Harvest     •  22-24

Alcohol                  •  13.5%

pH                        3.64

T/A                       5.1

Akarua  2018 Pinot Noir - Akarua

Akarua
2018 Pinot Noir

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