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Akarua Ltd

Rapid 210 Cairnmuir Rd., 9384 Bannockburn
New Zealand

This company is co-exhibitor of
New Zealand Winegrowers

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Our products

Product category: wines from Central Otago

The Siren Pinot Noir

Highly fragrant with violet and antique rose florals, dark berry fruits and deeply resonant roasted spice notes of star anise, clove, cinnamon and coffee bean. The palate is beautifully rich and textured, tannins are silky with a fine mineral thread. Powerful and brooding, yet with poise and seamless balance, with a long persistent finish.

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Product category: wines from Central Otago

Akarua Pinot Noir

Deep and bright ruby.

Multi-faceted nose of blood plums and red cherries; with star anise, nutmeg and cinnamon; and garrigue - brambles, wild thyme, heather, rosehip and crushed herbs. The palate structure is lithe; the acids are juicy yet taut, and the fine supple tannins lengthen the smoky mineral finish. The flavour spectrum finishes with earthy notes from the vineyards - schist gravels and river pebbles.

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Product category: wines from Central Otago

Akarua 25 Steps Pinot Noir

Cranberries, wild raspberries and cherry drops, with an underlying mineral note of wet river stones. Textural on the palate with red cherries, smoky vanilla bean and a fine acidity giving the wine life and energy. A long finish with spicy red berries.

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Product category: wines from Central Otago

Akarua Pinot Rouge

Heady perfume of wild raspberries, crunchy red cherries, crushed rose petals and fresh spices. The palate is densely juicy and framed with gentle stem tannins. Bright, easy and flowing with stony mineral finish.

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Product category: wines from Central Otago

Vintage Brut

The nose displays depth and elegance with subtle hints of sea shell and citrus. A captivating long fine palate with flavours of citrus and brioche enhanced by toasty, nutty and yeasty notes, leading a long crisp brut finish. Akarua Vintage Brut 2015 is a wine of character and complexity.  Exotic florals – strawberry notes from pinot baguette acidity fine soft sea shell, fresh lemony fruit roundness and richness.

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Product category: wines from Central Otago

Akarua Rosé Brut

Pretty red florals and strawberry perfume, with freshly baked baguette. Creamy mid palate and nuttiness from barrel fermentation, red fruits, complex autolytic toasted brioche notes and fine persistent bead. Lovely length and mouth filling richness balanced with bright acidity.

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Product category: wines from Central Otago

Rua Pinot Rose

Wildly exotic fruit salad perfume of pineapple, passionfruit, strawberries and watermelon. Heady florals too - jasmine, lilies and gardenia. The centre palate is perfumed with balancing freshness from notes of pink grapefruit and feijoa, and a soft, lifted finish. Delicious!

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Product category: wines from Central Otago

Akarua Alchemy Ice

Inspired by the great ice wines of Canada, Germany and Austria, our Alchemy Ice is a sweet dessert ice-wine style. The grapes are harvested at optimum acidity and flavour. They are then sent to a blast freezer and pressed while frozen. Beautifully balanced with natural acidity and sugars, it is a wonderful match with pâté, blue cheese or Pavlova piled high with mango and passionfruit.

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Product category: wines from Central Otago

Rua Pinot Gris

Complex nose of orange, nashi pear, cantaloupe and clover honey, with a spice note of fresh ginger. Palate follows through with apple pie spice and apple blossom perfume, fine linear acidity lending length and focus, and finishing with river stone minerality.

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Product category: wines from Central Otago

Akarua Riesling

Complex nose of dried orange zest, tangelo and candied peel with spice notes of white pepper, clove and a perfume of talc. The palate is showing lovely texture, finely balanced with acidity.

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Product category: wines from Central Otago

Siren Pinot Noir 2016

Central Otago - Highly fragrant with violet and antique rose florals, dark berry fruits and deeply resonant roasted spice notes of star anise, clove, cinnamon and coffee bean. The palate is beautifully rich and textured, tannins are silky with a fine mineral thread. Powerful and brooding, yet with poise and seamless balance, with a long persistent finish.

Region
New Zealand > Central Otago

Alc.: 14.5 % ABV

Blend
100% Pinot Noir

Vinification
Whole bunch fermentation: 0% Pre-ferment maceration: 5 days Yeast: Inoculated and wild Fermentation heat: Peaked at 31°C Punch-downs: Twice daily Post fermentation maceration: 6 days Oak treatment: 18 months in 29% new French barriques, medium-plus toast, mostly Alliers & Vosges forests

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Vintage
2016-2018

Designation
dry

Color
Red

Wine Type
Still wine

Primary Variety
Pinot Noir

Production methods
Vegan, Vegetarian

Product category: wines from Central Otago

25 Steps Pinot Noir 2018

Central Otago - Cranberries, wild raspberries and cherry drops, with an underlying mineral note of wet river stones. Textural on the palate with red cherries, smoky vanilla bean and a fine acidity giving the wine life and energy. A long finish with spicy red berries.

Region
New Zealand > Central Otago

Alc.: 14.0 % ABV   |   RS: 0 g/l   |   TA: 6.9 g/l

Blend
100% Pinot Noir

Vinification
Pre-ferment maceration: 5 days cold soak Fermentation vessel: stainless steel Yeast: 50% wild Oak treatment: Aged for 10 months in seasoned barrique

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Vintage
2016-2018

Designation
dry

Color
Red

Wine Type
Still wine

Primary Variety
Pinot Noir

Production methods
Vegan, Vegetarian

Product category: wines from Central Otago

Akarua Pinot Noir 2018

Central Otago - Deep and bright ruby. Multi-faceted nose of blood plums and red cherries; with star anise, nutmeg and cinnamon; and garrigue - brambles, wild thyme, heather, rosehip and crushed herbs. The palate structure is lithe; the acids are juicy yet taut, and the fine supple tannins lengthen the smoky mineral finish. The flavour spectrum finishes with earthy notes from the vineyards - schist gravels and river pebbles.

Region
New Zealand > Central Otago

Alc.: 13.5 % ABV   |   RS: 0 g/l   |   TA: 5.1 g/l

Blend
100% Pinot Noir

Vinification
VINIFICATION Whole bunch fermentation: 11% Pre-ferment maceration: 5 days Yeast: 50% wild Fermentation heat: Peaked at 31°C Punch-downs: Twice daily Post fermentation maceration: 6 days Oak treatment: 11 months in 29% new French barriques, medium-plus toast, mostly Alliers & Vosges forests

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Vintage
2016-2018

Designation
dry

Color
Red

Wine Type
Still wine

Awards
James Suckling

Primary Variety
Pinot Noir

Production methods
Vegan, Vegetarian

Product category: wines from Central Otago

RUA Pinot Noir 2018

Central Otago - Exquisite, lifted nose of strawberries, raspberries and violets on opening, followed by darker notes of black cherry, roasted star anise and cinnamon. Elegant structure, layered with earth and brambles within a picture frame of finely-drawn tannins and bright acidity. A perfect and accessible snapshot of Central Otago.

Region
New Zealand > Central Otago

Alc.: 14.0 % ABV   |   RS: 0 g/l

Blend
100% Pinot Noir

Vinification
VINIFICATION Whole bunch: Nil Pre-ferment maceration: 5 days Yeast: Inoculated & Wild Ferment heat: Peaked at 31°C Punch-downs: Twice daily Post ferment maceration: 6 days Oak treatment: 100% French oak barrel maturation for 7 months. 10% new with the balance in older wood.

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Vintage
2016-2018

Color
Red

Awards
James Suckling, China Wine & Spirits Awards, The Wine Merchant Top 100

Primary Variety
Pinot Noir

Production methods
Vegan, Vegetarian

Product category: wines from Central Otago

Akarua Pinot Rouge 2019

Central Otago - Heady perfume of wild raspberries, crunchy red cherries, crushed rose petals and fresh spices. The palate is densely juicy and framed with gentle stem tannins. Bright, easy and flowing with stony mineral finish.

Region
New Zealand > Central Otago

Alc.: 13.5 % ABV   |   RS: 0 g/l   |   TA: 5.3 g/l

Blend
100% Pinot Noir

Vinification
'nouveau style' Whole bunch fermentation: 15% Fermentation vessel: stainless steel Pre-ferment maceration: 5 days Yeast: wild Post-ferment maceration: 5 days Oak treatment: none Unfined, vegan

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Vintage
2019-2020

Designation
dry

Color
Red

Wine Type
Still wine

Primary Variety
Pinot Noir

Production methods
Vegan, Vegetarian

Product category: wines from Central Otago

Akarua Chardonnay 2018

Central Otago - Golden, straw colour. Complex nose of yellow nectarine flesh, lemon zest, kaffir lime leaf, clover honey and earthy minerality with exotic notes of papaya and jasmine. Palate follows through with pink grapefruit juiciness, fine linear acidity lending length and focus, lifted ground fennel spice perfume and finishing with river stone minerals.

Region
New Zealand > Central Otago

Alc.: 12.5 % ABV   |   RS: 0 g/l   |   TA: 6.9 g/l

Blend
100% Chardonnay

Vinification
VINIFICATION Whole bunch pressed, barrel fermented, bottled unfined Yeast: wild / Burgundy yeast strain, 90% malolactic fermentation Fermentation: <20°, 3 weeks Oak: 1-12 year old barrels, 5% new, Gillet/Saury/Francois Freres Lees: 10 months, once monthly battonage

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Vintage
2016-2018

Designation
dry

Color
White

Wine Type
Still wine

Primary Variety
Chardonnay

Production methods
Vegan, Vegetarian

Product category: wines from Central Otago

Akarua Sauvignon Blanc 2018

Central Otago - Highly floral with citrus blossoms, particularly mandarin flower; and talc, a little gooseberry and guava. The palate is juicy, slightly earthy with a mineral, wet stone note; the acidity is structured and linear, with great energy and drive. A very pretty and lively sauvignon blanc.

Region
New Zealand > Central Otago

Alc.: 12 % ABV   |   RS: 2.17 g/l   |   TA: 7.5 g/l

Blend
100% Sauvignon Blanc

Vinification
VINIFICATION Handpicked and whole bunch pressed. A mix of natural and inoculated ferments, with 75% fermented in stainless steel and 25% fermented in neutral barrels. Extended yeast lees contact to increase complexity and texture.

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Vintage
2016-2018

Designation
dry

Color
White

Wine Type
Still wine

Primary Variety
Sauvignon Blanc

Production methods
Organic

Product category: wines from Central Otago

Akarua Brut NV

Central Otago - Lifted florals, citrus and stonefruit perfume, with freshly baked baguette. Palate is zesty and fresh, with complex autolytic toasted brioche notes and fine persistent bead. Lovely length and mouth filling richness balanced with bright acidity. The perfect aperitif.

Region
New Zealand > Central Otago

Alc.: 13.0 % ABV

Blend
54% Pinot Noir, 46% Chardonnay

Vinification
BASE WINEMAKING/BLENDING - 100% hand-harvested - whole bunch pressed - parcels kept separate for ferment - 4% old French barriques, rest stainless - mix wild/inoculated yeast - base wines unfined Individual parcels blended with 15% reserve wine to 2009

Maturation
TIRAGE / LEES AGING Aged on lees in bottle following secondary fermentation for 18 months, riddled, disgorged, aged on cork for an additional minimum 3 mths before release.

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Vintage
Non-vintage

Designation
brut

Color
White

Wine Type
Sparkling wine

Primary Variety
Pinot Noir

Production methods
Vegan, Vegetarian

About us

Company details

Vines at Akarua were first planted in 1996 and further vineyard development has progressed in the intervening period. In 2014, Akarua purchased a further 50 hectares in Felton Road and Lowburn, bringing their total vineyard acreage to approximately 100 hectares. 
A small vintage was produced in 1999 from the new Akarua winery and over time as vine age increased along with knowledge of the site, quality has been on the rise year by year. Since Akarua Pinot Noir’s first trophy awarded in 2002 by Air New Zealand Wine Awards, a Trophy has been awarded for each vintage since 2009 to date, proving the continuing consistency and quality of our flagship pinot noir.

Akarua has never been in such a strong position as it is today under second generation family leadership of David Skeggs, at the helm of the business, with award winning winemaker Andrew Keenleyside heading the winemaking team. The complete Akarua portfolio now consists of Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, Pinot Gris, Pinot Rosé, Riesling and Sparkling Wine. Akarua released their Sparkling Wine range in 2011 under the supervision of renowned sparkling wine specialist ‘Tony Jordan’. Since their release, the Akarua Sparkling Wine range has been awarded numerous trophies and awards in both New Zealand and abroad.

To celebrate the next generation of the family management of Akarua, a complete overhaul of the Labeling and packaging of Akarua wines has been instigated by David Skeggs. Sir Clifford, David's father, was adamant that any re-branding work still retain the emblematic Alpine Mountain Daisy, Celmisia Semicordata as a symbol that fragile beauty is still achievable in harsh climates such as those in Central Otago.

Historically the local New Zealand market has consumed the major portion of Akarua's production but increasing demand from overseas markets has seen healthy growth. This is complemented by Akarua's on-site Cellar Door, which is now even busier with the growing wine tourism trade that has arisen from the region's international recognition.

One of Pinot Noir's more telling features is its transparent nature: any fault or failing in the site, climate, farming or winemaking will be painfully obvious in the final wine and no amount of talent or science can make up for what is already lost. Often it is referred to as a "Winemaker's wine" which reflects the complexity in not only growing and making fine Pinot Noir, but the almost cult-like revere and respect the variety garners from its own instigators. The next decade will see the vines of Akarua reach twenty plus years of age, comparative to increased levels of understanding of the site (or terroir) and of course under the helm of strong family leadership.

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