A2 Pinot Noir 2018
93 points, “Intensity, an immediacy and engaging bouquet with a red fruit and savoury core, some wild dry herb, red apple skin, cherry and intense minerality. The oak message is distinctive yet mild with a salted cashew nut and spice combination. On the palate - tense, youthful, firm, fruity, savoury and dry. All the flavours suggested on the nose come alive on the palate, but this wine also needs time to integrate more to find its true balance. Firm tannins and medium+ acidity offer a strong foundation. A lovely wine with medium-minus weight, but lovely intensity and flavour. Best drinking from 2022 through 2028.” – Cameron Dougals, Master Sommelier
Akitu’s A2 was once dubbed “darn tasty” by the experts at Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate. And it’s hard to argue with that.
Akitu means summit in Maori, a rather fitting name for a winery right at the pinnacle of Pinot Noir and also one located at 380 metres above sea level. Akitu’s A2 Pinot Noir clearly takes Central Otago to new heights.
Andrew Donaldson started planting the 12 hectares of vines for Akitu in the early 2000s. The first vintage came ten years later to enormous critical acclaim. His dedicated team of Steve Blackmore and PJ Charteris are some of the best in the business. And that’s exactly who you need in a challenging vintage like 2018. They have proven that even in tough years, a great producer can create stunning wines. A2 is crafted using several different clones, which adds incredible complexity. Cooled by the waters of Lake Tanaka, the grapes retain a wonderful vibrancy and acidity even after ageing in French oak. Pouring this wine, you’ll discover red cherry, wild strawberry, tangy raspberry, cranberry, plum, rose, lavender, dried herbs, liquorice, graphite, Turkish delight, slate and cinnamon. It really is darn tasty.
Don’t worry too much about the perfect food and wine match. This is such a wonderful and versatile red, Pinot Noir lovers will want to drink it with anything and everything. Pinot for breakfast?
£4.67 per 100.00ml
SKU No.: 3464351
Style No.: 885562
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