Akitu Pinot Noir Blanc 2022

$45.00 inc. GST

93/100 – Bob Campbell MW
93/100 – Cameron Douglas MS
91/100 – James Suckling
4.5 stars – Michael Cooper
5 stars – Yvonne Lorkin, Canvas Magazine (2021 vintage)
93/100 – Jamie Goode, Wine Anorak (2021 vintage)

“Whole-bunch pressed and racked to ferment with natural yeasts. Minimal skin contact results in a blush of colour and fine, peppery phenolics. The wine is dry with appealing layers of tree fruits and hazelnut flavours. It has surprising power.” – Bob Campbell MW

“An enticing fragrant bouquet with scents fo lightly spiced white fleshed tree fruits. On the palate a dry wine with a core of white fleshed fruits from pears to nectarines, apples and quince. The spice layer continues with a white pepper quality backed up by acidity and quartz-like mineral flavours. Delicious, refreshing and ready. best drinking from 2023 through 2027+.” – Cameron Douglas MS

“Bright and fresh with white peaches and spiced pear aromas and flavors. Full-bodied. Attractive energy and a fruity finish. Drink now.” – James Suckling

“The distinctive 2022 vintage is a white wine from Pinot Noir, made by Hawkesbury Estates, at Wanaka. Matured on its yeast lees in tanks, it is gently aromatic and weighty. Fresh and full-bodied, it has concentrated, peachy, citrusy flavours, hints of pears, lychees and spices, a touch of tannin and a dry, savoury finish. Elegant, subtle and youthful, it should be at its best 2024+.” – Michael Cooper

“So, this is nothing if not quirky and rare, a still white wine from New Zealand made entirely from Pinot Noir… gosh, it’s utterly, completely beguiling. Akitu is one of Central Otago’s finest Pinot Noir producers, as anyone who’s tried their A1 and A2 expressions will know.” – Jonathan Ray, Spectator Life

Tasting Note: Mid lemon base with a bronze to pewter hue. Ruby grapefruit across gentle stone fruit perfume with mineral and talc – some apple crumble. The faintest waft of cinnamon and yellow flowers gives way to a touch of autumnal leaves, peach, and nectarine with a hint of almond and brioche. The silky yet textural entry leads powerful stone fruit and spicy apple, a hint of anise adding complexity. Supple but powdery tannins with a chalky carry give line and length. Gently zippy almost umami like, but with a plush core of Rainer cherries. The palate line has a distant horizon setting persistence, with rose petals falling through the line of sight that just keeps going. One of life’s great lessons is to never waste a sunset, and you get a beautiful one here. This wine is all about the fruit profile, which holds a purity and definition in a unique manifestation. 100% 777 clone Pinot Noir, whole bunch pressed, cold settled and racked cloudy to ferment with a neutral yeast strain before extended lees contact to build texture. In essence the winemaking is straightforward, and the vineyard is the hero here. Food: Start with some Sashimi, move onto Takoyaki and Tempura Prawns before a big bowl of Udon Noodles with some spice. If you have finished the bottle, get another, and break out the Hibachi with some Wagyu, this wine will bring it to life.

Alcohol: 14.5%

Variety: Pinot Noir Blanc

Region: Wanaka, Central Otago, New Zealand

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