News & Reviews
Akarua The Siren Pinot Noir 2018
"A barrel selection of wine made from the best parcels of the Cairnmuir Road home block. Intense, complex pinot noir with plum, dark berry, floral and wood-smoke with a signature of wild thyme. An elegant wine with layers of different flavours. Well-structured with obvious cellaring potential," 95 points, Bob Campbell MW, October 2021
Akarua Pinot Noir 2020
"Restrained voluptuousness with Black Doris plum, cassis, floral, violet and spice, thyme and anise flavours. Rich, smooth-textured wine that is a pleasure to taste. Gobs of fruit supported by enough acid and tannins to prevent any sense of cloying. A well-made wine that measures up to its predecessors," 95 points, Bob Campbell MW, Oct 21
Akarua Pinot Noir 2020
Dark, even, light ruby-red with some depth. The nose is elegantly powerful with classic Central Otago Pinot Noir nuances of black and red cherries, blackberries and blueberries, entwined with dark herbs, thyme, black pepper and toasty oak spice details. Full-bodied, dark cherries with bramble along with dark herbs and oak spices. The fruit is rich and intense in aromas, interweaved with fine-grained tannin extraction, providing support alongside toasty oak and alcohol power. Complexing details of dark herbs, spices and earth unfolding as its aerated. Warming alcohol carries spices and liquorice to a lengthy and robust finish. Match with grilled lamb and venison over the next 5 years. Fermented to 14% alc, aged 11 months in French oak barriques, unfined. Vegan friendly. Candice Chow, August 2020, 18.5/20 pts
Akarua Pinot Noir wins Trophy and Red Wine of Show
A great achievement for Akarua with the news that our Akarua Pinot Noir 2020 was not only awarded a Trophy in the Pinot Noir Category at the Global Fine Wine Challenge, but it also took out Red Wine of Show! The Global Fine Wine Challenge is exclusive to the nations of the New World, this challenge is accessible by invitation only and is restricted to the top 120 wines of each country competing – Australia, Canada, New Zealand, South Africa & the USA. The very best selections across 22 classes are made by country representatives in light of their intimate knowledge of their own nations wines. The wines are transported to Sydney, Australia, and judged blind to discover the best that the New World has to offer. We love this review from the blind tasting given by Master of Wine, Andrea Pritzker. "Beguiling bouquet, dark cherry, stems and stalks, leafy overtones. Plush and bright with a supple expansive palate underpinned by fine slightly chalky tannins. Excellent length and persistence." 98 Points. A special thanks also to Bob Campbell for nominating this wine to be tasted for this prestigious event.
Rimapere Sauvignon Blanc 2021
Rimapere Sauvignon Blanc 2021 has won a gold medal in The Global Sauvignon Blanc Masters. This award was granted January 2023.