Akarua Pinot Noir

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.”

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