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Akitu A1 2016 Pinot Noir Wine NZ 75cl

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The IWC Gold 2018 award winning Akitu A1 2016 Pinot Noir Wine from Central Otago, New Zealand delights. With spiced cherry primary fruit and dusty dried herb aromas build gently on the nose. The subtle aromatics in time give way to dark plum fruit characters with a background of brown spices and leafy complexity. Considerable depth and dimension is revealed that belies the intensity of bouquet. Brooding aromatics driven by a precise fruit focus.

The dark juicy plum drives a generous entry to the palate and that spiced cherry adds great focus and length of flavour. Cinnamon and subtle anise characters are woven into the tactile structure of the wine. The tannin backbone compliments juicy acidity giving a velvety yet lively texture and a mouthwatering finish. Tension with restraint. 25% new French oak

This wine is a sleeper and those who can keep their hands off it in the short term should be well rewarded after 4 or so years in the Cellar - but full maturity in 6 to 10 years may just deliver greatness.

Will reward after 4 or so years in the Cellar but fully mature in 6 to 10 years.

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Pairs well with…

  • Black Pepper
  • Brie
  • Cured Meat
  • Fungi
  • Herbs
  • Red Meat
  • White Meat
2016 Vintage - Decanter Anne Krebeihl MW: "Subtle cherry notes 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"

2016 Vintage - Jancis Robinson Review Akitu A1 Pinot Noir 2016 Central Otago
Score 16.5/20
Pale crimson. Very much more interesting nose than on A2 2016. Layers of vegetables and minerals with a nice undertow of ripe, but not sweet, fruit. Very racy and appetising. This could be drunk without food or with cheese or vegetable dishes. Very light tannins. Nice lingering finish. This lasted well in an opened bottle in a cool cellar. Firm impact on the palate.

International Wine Challenge - 96 points: " 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"
Grape: Pinot Noir
Overall 2016 was a very good season indeed with a clean, healthy crop and resultant wines sitting somewhere between the weight and power of the 2014 and the elegance and perfume of the 2015. 40% of the fruit is whole bunch pressed with the balance pressed as whole berry. Ageing takes place in French oak of which 25% is new. Atiku ‘A1’ Pinot Noir consists of 68% Abel, 16% UCD 5 & 16% Dijon 777 clones. Harvesting for the 2016 vintage ‘A1’ took place on 22nd, 26th, 28th & 29th April 2016 and ‘A1’ was bottled on 28th March 2017.
Moderately intense ruby colour with a garnet hue. Spiced cherry primary fruit and dusty dried herb aromas build gently on the nose. The subtle aromatics in time give way to dark plum fruit characters with a background of brown spices and leafy complexity. Considerable depth and dimension is revealed that belies the intensity of bouquet. Brooding aromatics driven by a precise fruit focus. The dark juicy plum drives a generous entry to the palate and that spiced cherry adds great focus and length of flavour. Cinnamon and subtle anise characters are woven into the tactile structure of the wine. The tannin backbone compliments juicy acidity giving a velvety yet lively texture and a mouth-watering finish.
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Wine Brand Akitu
Country New Zealand
Volume (cl) 75
ABV (% vol) 14.3
Wine Style Full bodied
Closure Screw Cap
Gift boxed No
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