2019 Akarua RUA Central Otago Pinot Noir


A light, supple Pinot Noir with lifted perfume of spices like cinnamon, black pepper and clove; with brambles, sage and wild thyme. Bright red berries, with darker notes of mulberries and black cherries. Soft silken tannins, bright structural acidity with an earthy mineral thread.

Organic farming practices. 

Enjoy with this Creamy One-Pot Pasta With Chicken and Mushrooms.

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Pinot Noir

This elusive and delicate light-bodied grape is a winegrowers dream, but can be difficult to achieve. Stubborn, yet flirtatious, Pinot Noir is tantalizing creating a beautiful dance between the grape and the winemaker. The resulting light red wine can be nothing short of spectacular. Loved for its red fruit and spicy characteristics, its also a great food partner.

Look for notable regions including Burgundy, France, Central Coast or Sonoma in CA, Willamette Valley in Oregon, and Pfalz or Baden in Germany as well as many other regions around the world in New Zealand, Australia, Chile, and Argentina.

Sir Clifford and Lady Marie Skeggs purchased the land for Akarua in 1995 and planting commenced in 1996. By September 1998, 81,000 vines had been planted over 34.5 hectares and the first wines were bottled from the 1999 vintage. The name Akarua was chosen to honor the establishment of the estate; two Maori words together meaning “two vines”, referring to the original varietals planted, Pinot Noir and Chardonnay. The New Zealand Mountain Daisy indigenous to the region, was chosen by the Skeggs family as Akarua’s emblem, anchoring the estate to the drama and beauty of Central Otago.

In 2014 Akarua began purchasing prime established vineyards at the end of Felton Road in Bannockburn and in Pisa sub-regions, including the oldest certified organic vineyard in Central Otago and the dramatically beautiful 25 Steps. To the present day, Akarua has continued developing including converting further vineyards to organics and planting new blocks as recently as 2019. In 2016, Akarua partnered with local catering company Artisan to launch their restaurant Akarua Wines & Kitchen by Artisan in Arrowtown, a move which has been instrumental in further shaping the respected reputation of the brand.

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