2013 Akarua "RUA" Pinot Noir Central Otago
The 2009 vintage of this wine offered outstanding value although the subsequent vintages were slightly less of a bargain. This vintage is a truly excellent buy at this price. Dark cherry, black-fleshed plum, spice and floral flavours with a silken texture. Classy wine at a great price.
*Editor's Choice, Top Value Pinot Noir* This shows the immediate appeal of Central Otago's 2013 vintage. Yes, the acids and tannins stick out a bit, but they're cushioned by loads of ripe berry fruit. Hints of dried bracken and chocolate add complexity, while the finish glides to long, dusty completion. (JC)
Elegant and graceful, with polished, supple tannins. There are plenty of details to admire here, from the mineral streak to the dried rose petal aromas to the plush raspberry flavors. A caramel accent weaves in on the finish. Drink now through 2025. (MW)
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
Medium ruby-purple in color, the 2013 Rua Pinot Noir reveals vibrant warm cherry and raspberry preserves notes with hints of baking spices and cinnamon toast. Medium bodied and with lovely expression plus approachability, it gives a long, fruity, uncomplicated finish. (LPB)
Listed as a top value Pinot Noir in Wine Enthusiast magazine even at the SRP of $35! How about our hot price of $19.99! This is a pure, ripe, silky, easy-drinking style of Central Otago Pinot really focused on the quality of fruit flavors that this region has become so renowned for. The palate is soft, generous and silky smooth. The wine sees only 10% new French oak to keep its focus pure and unadulterated. Akarua's "RUA" bottling offers exceptional value to Pinot lovers not often seen from this ultra-premium growing region. It really is a wine that's easy to love... I can see why the critics fell for it so readily. Thanks to an importer direct deal we can also offer this wine at an even further reduced price! (Ryan Woodhouse, K&L NZ Wine Buyer)