Vintage Brut

Tasting Note


70% Pinot Noir, 30% Chardonnay


Central Otago, New Zealand

Sub Region: Bannockburn, 40% Lowburn clone 6 (pinot) 15% Clutha 6,  15% Clutha 5, all 30% chard clone 6 from Kawarau Bannockburn


Akarua Estate Vineyard

Height above sea level: 270m

Soil: Fine sandy/loam topsoil’s overlaying schist.

Vine age: 17 Years

Base winemAKING

Chardonnay and Pinot Noir from several blocks and clones on Akarua Estate were hand harvested and whole bunch pressed. All batches were kept separate until final blending.  20% wild Yeast fermentation occurred in stainless steel tanks and older oak barrels 30% unfined


A selection of the finest base wines of the 2015 harvest was made to produce a Vintage Brut blend of strong character, subtle aroma and flavor complexity.
To give the wine a slight dominance of red fruit character over 50% of the blend is Pinot Noir, Chardonnay contributes roundness and finesse.

TIRAGE and yeast agingThe blended base wines are transferred to bottle with a little yeast and sugar to undergo the sparkling fermentation. They are then aged for a minimum of 36 months on yeast lees in bottle before ‘riddling’ and disgorging.


The nose displays depth and elegance with subtle hints of sea shell and citrus. A captivating long fine palate with flavours of citrus and brioche enhanced by toasty, nutty and yeasty notes, leading a long crisp brut finish. Akarua Vintage Brut 2015 is a wine of character and complexity.  Exotic florals – strawberry notes from pinot baguette acidity fine soft sea shell, fresh lemony fruit roundness and richness.


Vintage Brut 2015 is an aperitif style for any occasion and it has strong enough character and flavor to be enjoyed with many dishes

Serving temperature

Always serve chilled at about 8°C


Winemakers      • Andrew Keenleyside & Dr Tony Jordan

Tiraged              • October 2015

Disgorged          • December 2019


Akarua  2015 Vintage Brut - Akarua

2015 Vintage Brut

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Price: $55.00
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