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  • Winner of the Trophy for Best Wine of Competition at the 2019 Sydney International Wine Competition.
  • It also won Best Pinot Noir of Competition and Best Red Table Wine of Competition.
  • 2017 has been a stellar year for Akarua, highlighted by inclusion in the Air New Zealand Fine Wines of NZ list, as judged by a panel of six Masters of Wine and Master Sommelier Cameron Douglas.

Tasting Notes

Colour Crimson
Nose “Lush, yet fresh, bramble fruit combines with a gently creamy oak derived character to create a very more-ish wine that combines with the food to leave intense flavours for ages on the palate.” Martin Moran MW
Palate This Central Otago Pinot Noir is layered with generous sweet, ripe, red berries, subtle savoury characters and a touch of spice. Soft supple tannins flow gently across the palate, leading to a long fruit driven finish.
Food Pairing Lamb cutlets.
Cellaring 3-5 Years
Notes Far from a sold-out rarity, as is often the case with heavily awarded wines; RUA Pinot Noir is widely available in NZ and beloved by Kiwis who describe it as their ‘go to’ and ‘everyday’ wine.
Variety Pinot Noir
Body Medium - Full Bodied
Oak Type French Oak
Vintage 2017
Region Central Otago
Country New Zealand
Sustainability None
Alcohol 14.0%
Bottle Size 750ml (Bottle)
Closure Stelvin
Central Otago
Central Otago is the southernmost wine growing region in the world, located at a latitude of 45 degrees south, on New Zealand’s south island. A spectacular landscape makes the region one of the most scenic wine regions if not in the world then certainly in New Zealand. Central to the region is the tourist destination of Queenstown, which is a great base to make wine trips from.

Heavy mineral deposits in silt loams are typical for the soils in Central Otago, but is unlike any other region in New Zealand. The Otago region is the countries only ‘continental ’ wine growing region.

Pinot Noir is the flagship red varietal, which is very well suited to the regions large diurnal shifts (a large diurnal shift means a big difference between low and high temperatures) and also the regions long, cool and dry autumn. The Pinot Noirs coming out of the Otago region are most often fragrant, lush Pinot Noirs with silky textures and true fruit intensity.

Aromatic whites also thrive, in particular Riesling where anything from bone-dry to very sweet can be made. Gewurztraminer, Pinot Gris and lesser amounts of Chardonnay is also made to a very high quality. Central Otago is in Jancis Robinson’s top five New World wine producing regions.
Huon Hooke
The colour is deep (for a pinot), bright and the bouquet very fragrant with dark cherry and spice aromas tumbling out of the glass. The wine has all the depth and succulence that has come to be synonymous with Central Otago pinot, but without any heaviness from alcohol, excessive oak or clumsy tannins. It’s a fine, almost ethereal wine, not overbuilt in any way, and utterly delicious to drink now.


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