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Akitu ‘A1’ Pinot Noir 2017

“Akitu’s 2017 Pinot Noir A1 starts off with intoxicating scents of roses, dried spices and tea-like nuance. A blend of four clones (mainly Abel and 777, with smaller portions of 5 and 115), it offers rich, deep, plummy fruit on the medium to full-bodied palate yet remains silky and airy in feel, ending with hints of dried herbs on the long, elegant finish. The 40% whole clusters and 20% new French oak are both enjoyable components in this complex, appealing wine.” 93 points

Joe Czerwinski, Wine Advocate
31st July 2019

“A richly scented bouquet of Pinot Noir with aromas of dark berries, wood spices, wild thyme and a core of savoury complexity. Plum and dark cherry, black currant and wild flowers, stony, rocky outcrop minerality. Youthful, tense , firm and focused textures on the palate with flavours that reflect the nose – dark berries then wood spices, some wild thyme and undergrowth moments. Youthful tannins and acid line. Lengthy finish, dry, well made, youthful. Best from 2021 through 2029.” 94 points

Cam Douglas MS, camdouglasms.com
6th June 2019

“A challenging year, but this 40% whole-bunch (the rest being whole berries) Pinot Noir has loads of Far-Eastern spice to complement rich, dark black fruits. Fantastic acidity keeps everything in perfect harmony. Plenty of ageing potential, clearly showing the direction in which top Otago Pinot Noirs are headed.” 95 points

Andy Howard MW, Decanter
1st June 2019

 

Akitu ‘A1’ Pinot Noir 2016

“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. Nothing is overdone here: just 25% of the oak was new, while 40% whole-bunch gives backbone and structure alongside the freshness.”

Anne Krebiehl MW, Decanter
7th October 2018

New Zealand Pinot Noir Trophy and overall New Zealand Red Wine Trophy at the IWC 2018 – “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.” 96 points

International Wine Challenge 2018

“Akitu’s flagship black label wine shows more concentration than the regular label and more backbone. It has bright cherry, red rose, raspberry, herb and sappy, spicy flavours. 40% whole bunches in fermentation. A youthful and firmly-structured wine that should develop well with bottle age. Drink 2018 to 2024.” 93 points

Bob Campbell, 
21st December 2017

 

Akitu ‘A2’ Pinot Noir 2017

“Mainly (two-thirds) Clone 777, the 2017 Pinot Noir A2 includes almost one-fourth whole clusters and one-eighth new French oak. Floral-herbal-stemmy notes still mark the nose, but in a sexy, good-kinky sort of way, adding fragrance to deeper notes of dark cherry and plum. It’s medium to full-bodied on the palate, with a silky but firm base of tannins and a lingering, slightly tart finish.” 91 points

Joe Czerwinski, Wine Advocate
31st July 2019

Varietal, youthfully vibrant and fruity bouquet with aromas of raspberries and dark cherries, red apples and savoury mineral combinations. Some spicy new oak suggestions add complexity. Equally vibrant and youthful on the palate with flavours that mirror the nose, abundant fruit and oak tannins. Acidity and oak adding additional texture and spark. A wine to enjoy today if decanted, otherwise best from 2020 through 2026. 94 points

Cam Douglas MS, camdouglasms.com
3rd March 2019

 

Akitu ‘A2’ Pinot Noir 2016

Gold Medal at the IWC 2018 – ‘Serious, structured Pinot, cherry and strawberry notes with firm, fine tannins and intense fruit. Give it time!” 96 points

International Wine Challenge 2018

“Tasted alongside the previous vintage, this is a richer and riper pinot noir with bright cherry, violet and raspberry jube flavours. The wine has an ethereal texture and a lengthy finish. Drink 2018 to 2022.” 91 points

Bob Campbell, 
21st December 2017