2015 Akitu "A1" Pinot Noir Central Otago (Black Label)
Ripe, complex and fragrant, the inviting bouquet shows dark berry, game, toasted almond and dried herb characters. The palate is juicy and rounded, and offers bright fruit flavours together with earthy mushroom undertones, wonderfully framed by fine tannins. Beautifully balanced and harmonious with attractive complex flavours. At its best: now to 2019.
Light, even ruby-red colour with slight garnet-purple hues, lighter on the rim. This has a softly concentrated and well-packed nose with aromas of savoury dark-red berry and black cherry fruit melded with dark herbs and notes of earth and black minerals, unveiling subtle and harmonious oak and whole bunch stalk detail. Medium-full bodied, the palate has a well-concentrated core of sweet dark-red and black berried fruit intermixed with dark herb and subtle whole bunch stalk elements, along with black mineral nuances. The extraction provides balanced, fine-gained tannins and the mouthfeel is enlivened by fresh, balancing, lacy acidity. This has a good line, leading to a lush, lively finish od red and black fruits and subtle herb notes. This is a moderately concentrated, sweet, dark-fruited Pinot Noir with moderately extracted, supple tannins and fresh acidity. Match with poultry and pork dishes over the next 4-5 years 70% Abel clone and 30% clone 5, the fruit fermented with 26% whole bunches to 13.81% alc., the wine aged 10 months in 22% new French oak. 230 dozen made.
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
Pale ruby colored, the 2015 Pinot Noir A1 offers pretty notes of kirsch, cranberry preserves and baking spices with hints of red roses, lavender and fallen leaves. Light to medium-bodied and elegantly crafted, the palate reveals perfumed sour cherry notes with a silken backbone and great freshness on the finish. (LPB)
93 points Cameron Douglas MS: "Soft core of ripe light red fruits led by sweet cherry, plum and raspberry suggestions, a an additional core component of mineral with quartz-like features, moderate oak and quite complex. On the palate - youthful texture with medium+ acidity, fine tannins and youthful sulphide action, flavours of red berry fruits and oak spice layers add to a lengthy finish."