Akitu ‘A1’ Pinot Noir, Central Otago, New Zealand 2016

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Akitu ‘A1’ Pinot Noir, Central Otago, New Zealand 2016

39.95

Press reviews:

International Wine Competition
: "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, Gold Medal and Red Wine Trophy 

Jamie Goode: “Black label. 14% alcohol. Clones: 68% Abel, 16% UCD 5, 16% Dijon 777, with 40% whole bunch, balance whole berry and 25% new French oak. This is dense and quite textural with some bitter damson and plum notes hiding behind sweet black cherries, good acidity and some nice fine-grained tannins. Juicy and bright with great balance. Some fine herbal notes alongside the supple black fruits. With some grippy tannin, this is a bit chunkier and more serious than the A2, and has the potential to develop.” 95 points 

The Wine Advocate: “The 2016 Pinot Noir A1 was vinified as 40% whole bunches, and there's a definite herbal-stemmy-tea-like note associated with that, but it's attractive and well balanced by ripe black cherry fruit. It's full-bodied, with supple tannins, and the 25% new French oak isn't obvious, being already well integrated into the rest of the wine. Dried spices and fine-grained tannins fan out across the long finish.” 92+ points 

Jancis Robinson MW: “Pale crimson. Very much more interesting nose than on A2 2016. Layers of vegetables and minerals with a nice undertow of ripe, but not sweet, fruit. Very racy and appetising. This could be drunk without food or with cheese or vegetable dishes. Very light tannins. Nice lingering finish. This lasted well in an opened bottle in a cool cellar. Firm impact on the palate.” 16.5 points

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