Akarua Sparkling Rosé Brut is a sumptuous blend of Pinot Noir and Chardonnay from Akarua’s 50 hectare estate on Cairnmuir Road, Bannockburn, in Central Otago.
This premium fine wine region is mountainous, rising to over 2000 metres, and the vines are planted in spectacular alpine scenery. Here, the philosophy is to reflect the special characters of both the Bannockburn terroir, and capture the unique qualities of each Pinot vintage so that they are truly reflected in each bottle.
Fruit for the Sparkling Rosé Brut from several blocks were hand harvested and vinified separately to preserve their character. Fruit was whole bunch pressed with batches kept separate. It was then aged in bottle for 18 months on yeast before riddling and disgorging.
The Skeggs family were among the first people to buy and plant vineyard land in Central Otago in the mid 1990s, so were lucky enough to acquire 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 Akarua have a site that is among the very best. We were introduced to Akarua through the late Tony Jordan, who was the first to make their sparkling wines. Tony built Domaine Chandon in Australia, and was one of the world’s leading experts in sparkling wine production. He had always believed in the potential for Central Otago to make top quality fizz and finally realised his ambition to make premium sparkling wines here when the first Akarua sparkling wines were released in 2011.
63% Pinot Noir , 37% Chardonnay
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In the Press
Sommelier Wine Awards 2019, Gold
Decanter World Wine Awards 2018, Silver
International Wine Challenge 2018, Silver