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2015 Akitu A2 Central Otago Pinot Noir - Clearance
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- Cellar Drink Now - 6 years (2017-2023)
- ABV 13.5%
- Closure: Stelvin
The Akitu vineyards (meaning the summit in Maori) were planted in 2002 and 2003 to six blocks labelled ‘a’ through to ‘f’ with each block being picked and fermented separately according to clone type. The 2015 vintage of the A2 has 31% whole bunch inclusion and employed 13% new French oak, aged for 10 months in barrel. The talented PJ Charteris is contracted as the winemaker.
Semi translucent dark red colour with a bright crimson to dark red hue. Fragrant scents of ripe red cherries, strawberries and hints of sour cherries drift from the glass with infusions of violets, some meatiness, spicy cedar and dried herbs also evident. Deliciously savoury with light body weight, abundant richness and an excellent power wave the palate dishes up scrumptious ripe red cherry and strawberry flavours over some meaty characters, subtle violet infusions, dried herbs and spicy cedar. Supple mouthfeel with an energetic finish and velvety tannins. Outstanding depth with a long aftertaste of spice, ripe red cherries, strawberries, a subtle meatiness, dried herbs and lightly smoked cedar.
Very enticing to drink now but will also cellar 5-6 years.