Akarua 25 Steps Pinot Noir 2018
In the past four years, they have more than doubled their original 50 hectares of vineyards to a current total of 122 hectares. It's not the scale that really excites me, it's the quality of their new acquisitions. BOB CAMPBELL MW (Dec 2017)
Central Otago is synonymous with world class Pinot Noir. Many of us witnessed its meteoric rise to the point that (arguably) some wines became caricatures of themselves. This shouldn't be surprising as even from the earliest days of young vines, the Pinot produced here were almost effortlessly dense whilst maintaining good clarity and acid line.
HOWEVER, as the early vineyards are gaining age and vignerons more understanding of the region, the look inwards for more detail, complexity and regional expressions is growing.
A delicious example of this is Akarua's first release from their majestic 25 Steps Pinot Noir. Sourced from an incredible vineyard of the same name that was planted in the Pisa sub-region in 2001 but only acquired by the family owned business in 2016.
An ancient glacial slope carved with 800m long terraces, two rows of vine per step, a 120m elevation change, aspects facing the four points of the compass and a wild mix of pinot noir clones from Pommard and Dijon make up the nine hectare single vineyard AKARUA
2018 vintage of this wine is more pointed, red fruited and floral compared to
the Akarua's estate pinot noir. A testament to the terroir of this site, but
most importantly it is great drinking.