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Akarua Brut

Bannockburn, Central Otago

Akarua

The Skeggs family were among the first people to buy and plant vineyard land in Central Otago in the mid 1990s, so were lucky enough to acquire a superb north facing site in Bannockburn...

Planted in 1996, this 50 hectare site has since provided the backbone of the Akarua wines. Due to the short growing season in Central Otago, site selection is one of the key elements in making a great wine, and Akarua have a site that is among the very best. While we’ve known Akarua for many years, we came to them this time around through Tony Jordan, who is making their Sparkling wines. Tony built Domaine Chandon in Australia, and is one of the world’s leading experts in sparkling wine production. He has been enamoured with the potential for Central Otago to make top quality fizz for quite a while, and is now doing so with Akarua. We’re delighted to be taking on these wines as we think they are among the very best in Central Otago.

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Vineyards

All are grapes harvested from Akarua‘s 50 hectare estate on Cairnmuir Road, Bannockburn which lies at 270 metres above sea level. The soils are fine and sandy with loam topsoil overlaying schist. Vine age is 12 years.

Vinification

Pinot Noir and Chardonnay from several blocks on the vineyard were hand harvested and whole bunch pressed. All batches were kept separate. Juices were settled and racked to yeast fermentation in old oak barriques and stainless steel tanks. Once malolactic fermentation was complete, the base wines, together with up to 15% of reserve wines were blended to produce the Akarua Brut NV. The blend was transferred to bottle with yeast and a precise amount of sugar to undergo the secondary sparkling fermentation. They wine was then aged for a minimum of 18 months on yeast before riddling, disgorging and labelling.

Tasting Notes

Akarua Brut NV is a fresh aperitif style with floral perfumes and savoury bread dough aromas. With lovely balance and complexity, the palate is clean, has a creamy middle and a long, crisp finish.

Vintage information

Vintage NV
Grape varieties 71% Pinot Noir
29% Chardonnay
Region Bannockburn, Central Otago
Winemaker Matt Connell
Consultant Winemaker Dr Tony Jordan
Alcohol (ABV) 13%
Acidity 7.2g/l
Residual Sugar 7g/l
Wine pH 3.16