In the south of New Zealand there lies a beautiful and powerful place called Central Otago. This land, dominated by rivers and mountains and shaped by glaciers, has become the most intriguing place in the new world to grow Pinot noir – the capricious one.
Akitu, in the Maori language, means the summit, the apex or the highest point. The vineyard is at 380 metres above sea level right on the grape growing edge, against the alps and in the southern most winemaking region on earth. Their entire vineyard is dedicated to Pinot noir and the very best of their harvest makes akitu.
Established in 2001 and set in the heart of Central Otago’s Upper Clutha basin, Akitu’s 12-hectare vineyard sits on a stunning north facing slope. Medals and critical acclaim followed and now our 2014 wine has won the New Zealand Pinot Noir trophy at the prestigious International Wine Challenge along with the International Sustainable trophy.
The 2016 Vintage just released has been another winner. The A1 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. A2 2016 has also won Gold (96 points) notes.