A1 Pinot Noir, Akitu 2016
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Cropped at 4.5 tonnes/ha with careful clonal selection in order to promote the elegance of the wine, this has a relatively pale colour for Central Otago, but it is still more violet than ruby. The nose is extremely pure in cherry fruit that has an almost saline quality. With a little air, pepper, exotic spices cme through, The palate is plump and round with fruit, ripe cherries and wild strawberries at the core. There is good acid cut that gives real freshness, whilst retaining the ripe, hedonistic profile. This juicy and pure wine gains weight and complexity in toasted spices through to a long and pure finish.
|Score: 17||Farr Vintners, Farr Tasting, June 2018|
Delightful, harmonious, elegant Pinot with complex flavours of a savoury, dark fruit, leafy notes and hints of smoky oak. Delicious; still in its youth. Vibrant, youthful wine with all to play for.
|Score: 96||-, International Wine Challenge, January 2018|
Subtle cherry on the nose. The palate is a lovely expression of unforced balance, an interplay between aromatic, ripe fruit and bracing freshness with a lovely savoury glint. Nothing is overdone here.
|Score: 94||Anne Krebiehl, Decanter Magazine, May 2018|
Akitu's flagship black label wine shows more concentration than the regular label and more backbone. It has bright cherry, red rose, raspberry, herb and sappy, spicy flavours. 40% whole bunches in fermentation. A youthful and firmly-structured wine that should develop well with bottle age. Drink 2018 to 2024
|Score: 93||Bob Campbell MW, bobcampbell.nz, December 2017|
Black label. 14% alcohol. Clones: 68% Abel, 16% UCD 5, 16% Dijon 777, with 40% whole bunch, balance whole berry and 25% new French oak. This is dense and quite textural with some bitter damson and plum notes hiding behind sweet black cherries, good acidity and some nice fine-grained tannins. Juicy and bright with great balance. Some fine herbal notes alongside the supple black fruits. With some grippy tannin, this is a bit chunkier and more serious than the A2, and has the potential to develop.
|Score: 95||Jamie Goode, Wineanorak.com, November 2018|
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