Akarua was established in 1996 and the Skeggs family were among the first people to buy and plant vineyard land in Central Otago acquiring a superb north-facing site in Bannockburn. Planted in 1996, this 50 hectare site has since provided the backbone of the Akarua wines. Due to the short growing season in Central Otago, site selection is one of the key elements in making a great wine, and the estae has a site that is among the very best. Sustainability in the vineyard and winery is integral to the Akarua ethos. Water conservation, recycling, the use of lightweight bottles, fully insulated barrel rooms and energy efficient lighting in the winery are a few of the initiatives taken by Akarua to guarantee their accredited status as a sustainable producer.
This wine displays lifted perfumes of Christmas cake spices along with bramble, lavender and wild thyme. The palate is vibrant and concentrated with a red berry fruit character and darker notes of blackberries and black cherries. Soft silken tannins, a bright structural acidity and stony mineral thread linger on the finish.
A delicate pale pink in colour with lifted aromas of redcurrants, strawberries and raspberries on the nose together with notes of toasted brioche. A lovely creamy texture on the palate with a fine-beaded mousse and a vibrant acidity, culminating in a crisp and lingering finish.
Pale lemon in colour. The wine boasts aromas of lemon curd, white peach, apple blossom and freshly baked brioche. With lovely balance and complexity, the palate is clean and crisp with a fine-beaded mousse and a bright acidity which carries the flavours onto the lingering finish.
Deep and bright ruby in colour, this wine has a complex nose of red plums, black cherries and vintage roses, with notes of wild thyme, brambles and crushed herbs. The palate structure is rich and concentrated, the acids are juicy yet fine, and the supple tannins enhance a long spice-laden finish of star anise, fennel seeds and Szechuan pepper.