2013 Akarua "RUA" Pinot Noir Central Otago

SKU #1243316 92 points Bob Campbell

 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.  (1/2014)

92 points Wine Enthusiast

 *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. Drink now-2018.

91 points Wine Spectator

 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.  (9/2015)

K&L Notes

**Editors' Choice** in Wine Enthusiast Magazine; listed as a top value Pinot Noir 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)

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By: Kirk Walker | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 3/31/2016 | Send Email
This wine over delivers for the price. It is aromatic, modestly rich (give it 30+ minutes in a decanter), complex and refined. It delivers classic dark Central Otago fruit, savory herbal and earthy mineral notes and what seems to be a dusting of cocoa powder. It is a medium weight Pinot with silky polished tannins, a nice round mouth feel and a good finish.

By: Dave Genevro | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 3/22/2016 | Send Email
This is quite the wine from Central Otago...Wild thyme and herbs scream from the glass. With the expressive, bright, dark colored fruit, along with some loud shouts from the fruit yelling across my palate. Great life and length. I love the classic characteristics found in this wine, yet the originality in the expression and site from the winemaking team.
Top Value!

By: Ryan Woodhouse | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 3/18/2016 | Send Email
This is sexy Pinot Noir. Its perfume is very enchanting and exotic. The nose and palate deliver fresh, ripe, dark forest berries, Asian spices, wild Thyme, all polished with fine French oak nuances. The texture is equally beguiling, so soft, silky and fluid on the palate; this is really built for easy drinking; it's so expressive and open knit. Lovely purity of fruit, generous but elegant and fine with a bright energetic lift through the finish. Excellent value thanks to our importer direct pricing...this is VERY hard to beat at $20!
Top Value! Drink from 2015 to 2020

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Pinot Noir

- One of France's most legendary grapes and the grape that earned Burgundy its reputation. The parent of varietals like Pinot Gris/Grigio and Pinot Blanc, Pinot Noir is blue to violet to indigo in color with relatively thin skins, and it is said to have been cultivated in France for more than 2,000 years. At its best, Pinot Noir creates elegant wines that are filled with primary red fruit aromas and flavors while young, revealing with an array of secondary characteristics like earth, smoke, violet, truffle and game with age. The varietal is also known, perhaps better than any, for its ability to translate terroir, or a sense of place. While the best Pinot Noir still comes from Burgundy, it is being produced with increasing success in cooler climates around the world. In France, it is part of the trifecta of grapes that can go into Champagne, and it is also grown in Alsace, Irancy, Jura, Savoie, Lorraine and Sancerre. Outside of France it is produced under the names Pinot Nero and Blauburgunder in Italy's mountainous regions, as Spätburgunder in Germany and as Blauburgunder in Austria. In the US, Pinot Noir has found suitable growing conditions in the cooler parts of California, including Carneros, the Russian River Valley, the Anderson Valley, the Sonoma Coast, Monterey County, the Santa Lucia Highlands and Santa Barbara County, as well as in Oregon's Willamette Valley. In recent years, New Zealand has demonstrated its ability to interpret this hard-to-grow varietal, with successful bottlings coming from careful and attentive growers in Central Otago, Martinborough and Canterbury. Chile is also an up-and-coming region for Pinot Noir, creating fresh, fruit-forward, early-drinking and affordable Pinots from the coastal Casablanca Valley and the Limari Valley.
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New Zealand

- New Zealand is an extremely diverse wine-growing nation. The long history of producing wine started in the 1830s with wineries such as Mission Estate (1850) and Te Mata Estate (1896) still producing wine today. The two islands hold a multitude of different growing climates ranging from warmer areas such as Hawke’s Bay to very cool regions such as Waitaki, and Awatere. Most regions are defined as Maritime with the exception being Central Otago that has a moderate Continental climate with the high elevation creating dramatic diurnal swings in temperature. The plethora of grapes grown in New Zealand reflects this diverse microclimate make up. Everything has a place here, Bordeaux varietals and Syrah in Hawke’s Bay, Chardonnay and Pinot in Nelson, Pinot Noir and Riesling in Central Otago , aromatic whites in Waipara and pretty much everything you can imagine in Marlborough. New Zealand is also one of the “greenest” wine producing nations on earth (94% of wine certified sustainable in 2013) with a strong focus on organic and Biodynamic farming.
Alcohol Content (%): 14