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Central Otago pioneer Akarua joins the Liberty Wines New Zealand portfolio

28th May, 2015

Central Otago pioneer Akarua joins the Liberty Wines New Zealand portfolio

We are pleased to announce the addition of Central Otago producer Akarua to our premium New Zealand portfolio.

The Skeggs family, the owners of Akarua, were among the first to purchase vineyard land in Central Otago in the mid-1990s, selecting and planting in 1996 their outstanding north-facing, 50-hectare site in Bannockburn. Since their first small vintage in 1999, the Akarua vineyard on Cairnmuir Road has provided the backbone of their wines, the quality of which has risen year on year with increasing vine age and understanding of the site. Today, second generation David Skeggs runs the business, with Matt Connell heading the winemaking team.

With the purchase last year of another 50 hectares of vineyard in Bannockburn and Lowburn, which takes their total vineyard holding to 100 hectares, Akarua now has one of the finest collection of vineyards in Central Otago. 

“This is of great importance in this most challenging of wine producing areas,” says David Gleave MW, managing director of Liberty Wines.  “The importance of site is evident in their wines, which have a freshness and balance that we look for.  While we have known Akarua for many years, we were delighted to taste their new Sparkling wines, which Dr Tony Jordan is now making.  He has long been convinced by Central Otago’s potential for producing top quality fizz and is now doing so at Akarua alongside Matt.”

The Akarua Pinot Noir 2012 and the traditional method sparkling Akarua Brut NV and Rosé Brut NV are sourced entirely from the Akarua Estate Vineyard, while fruit for the Rua Pinot Noir 2013 comes from their vineyards across Central Otago.