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Akitu A2 2016 Pinot Noir Wine NZ 75cl


The IWC Gold 2018 award winning Akitu A2 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.


Pairs well with…

  • White Meat

Awards & Medals
A2 2016 has won Gold (96 points) this year (the 3rd Gold in 5 vintages). They have also been awarded a few trophies: New Zealand Pinot Noir and overall New Zealand Red Wine Trophy.
"It is sweetly expressed on the nose showing dark cherry, plum, cake spice, toasted almond and dark mushroom characters. The palate is beautifully rounded and supple, and delivers lovely fruit weight and silky texture, elegantly framed by polished tannins. Youthful yet immediately appealing. At its best: now to 2020. 96pts.”

Silver Medallist - Decanter Wine Awards 2018
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. 27% of the fruit was whole bunch pressed with the balance pressed as whole berry. Ageing took place in French oak, 12% of which was new. The harvest for Akitu ‘A2’ commenced on 22nd April and was completed by the 28th 2016 and bottling 6th April 2017. The 2016 ‘A2’ is made up from 32% UCD 5, 26% 115, 18% 777, 15% 667, 9% Abel clones.
Medium intensity plum fruit with subtle cinnamon spice lift defines the nose. The concentration of the primary fruit aromatics builds giving dimension. There is a background nuance of licorice and lavender florals, which elegantly fold into a gentle gamey bouquet.

Generous and succulent with a supple tannin texture, the palate has a silky flow with juicy acidity giving impressive length and persistence. Brightness and approachability are the driving force of this wine, however a hint of complexity we have come to expect from this vineyard adds a layer of real and intriguing character to the fruit depth.
More Information
Wine Brand Akitu
Country New Zealand
Volume (cl) 75
ABV (% vol) 14.3
Wine Style Full bodied
Red Wine Expression Cherry, Dark Fruits, Elegant, Fruity, Juicy, Smooth
Closure Screw Cap
Gift boxed No
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