Akarua Pinot Rosé

Tasting Note

Our 25 Steps Rose is 100% from a single vineyard site in Pisa, a dramatic, terraced vineyard planted entirely to pinot noir. Highly undulating and exposed with a multitude of natural microclimates, the flavours from this vineyard are wonderfully complex and utterly unique in Central Otago.

Only 450 cases made.

Quince, jasmine and strawberry jubes, with a mineral note of wet river stones. Textural and voluminous on the palate with red cherries, roasted hazelnuts, and mandarin skin. Fine acidity and finish, laced with a delicate, smoky thread of vanilla bean. A gastronomic wine for the dinner table to match delightfully with Trout Almondine.



Pisa, Central Otago

25 Steps Vineyard

Clones: 5 and 6, mid-slope

Aspect: highly undulating

Elevation: 200-317m

Soil: Sandy, stony loam topsoil, subsoil mix of deep gravels and clay loams

Vine age: 17 years old

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. 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


Pre-ferment maceration: saignée after 24 hours

Fermentation vessel: stainless steel

Yeast: 100% wild

Oak treatment: 40% aged for 6 months in seasoned puncheons


Viticulturist: Mark Naismith

Winemaker: Andrew Keenleyside

Bottled: November 2018

Brix at Harvest: 21

Alcohol: 13 %

Residual Sugar: 1.9

Titratable Acidity: 6.4

PH: 3.46


Akarua 25 Steps  2019 Rose - Akarua

Akarua 25 Steps
2019 Rose

Price: $32.00
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