Established in 2001 and set in the heart of Central Otago’s Upper Clutha basin, Akitu’s 12-hectare vineyard sits alone at 380 metres above sea level on a stunning north facing slope. Set just minutes from Lake Wanaka the semi-continental climate, with high sunshine hours, hot summers and dry autumns help to create wines of amazing fruit purity and complexity. The vineyard is entirely dedicated to Pinot Noir. There are approximately 41,000 vines of 6 carefully selected clones planted across the vineyard according to soil and aspect. Founder Andrew Donaldson, a native to Central Otago, had long believed in the region’s ability to produce exceptional world class Pinot Noir and when the opportunity arose to purchase the Mount Barker site, he did so with this in mind.
A1 is aged in 25% new French oak, and results in an elegantly crafted wine with precise fruit focus, brooding aromatics, velvety tannins balanced by lively acidity and a long refreshing finish.
Tasting Note: Spice, wild herbs and brooding plummy fruit on the nose. The palate is very fine and silky. Perfumed aromatics, silk-like texture and subtle persistence define this vintage of A1.