2015 Akitu "A2" Pinot Noir Central Otago (White Label)
Light ruby-red colour with some depth and slight purple hues, paler edged. The nose is fresh and elegant with fragrant aromas of red cherry fruit entwined with fresh thyme herbs and delicate notes of whole bunch stalk elements. Medium-full bodied, the palate is lively and fresh with brisk acidity enlivening the fruit flavours of red cherries and red florals. The fruit has a degree of sweetness and lusciousness. Notes of fresh herbs and whole cluster stalk nuances add detail, and the palate us underlined by light, fine-grained tannin extraction. Some alcoholic power carries the wine to a light, nuanced finish of red cherries and florals. This is a fresh and lively, red cherry-fruited Pinot Noir with subtle floral, herb and stalk nuances and light, supple tannins. Serve with salmon and tuna, and poultry dishes over the next 4 years. 61% Abel clone with 39% clone 5, the fruit fermented to 13.84% alc. with 31% whole bunches, the wine aged 10 months in 13% new French oak. 550 dozen made.
It is sweetly fragrant on the nose displaying red/black cherry, floral, dried herb and spice aromas. The palate delivers attractive fruit intensity and elegant weight, beautifully framed by fine texture and polished tannins. The wine offers vibrant fruit flavours with appealing savoury complexity, making it a delightful pinot to enjoy. At its best: now to 2019.
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
Pale to medium ruby-purple colored, the 2015 Pinot Noir A2 offers notes of black cherries and mulberries with touches of tree bark and yeast extract. Medium-bodied, it fills the palate with juicy black fruits and earthy nuances, supported by velvety tannins and finishing long and refreshing. (LPB)
94 points Cameron Douglas MS: "A more forward and fruit focused bouquet with softer strawberry/cherry tones, fine yet quiet dried herb layer, mild earthy tones with more clay-like reminders. On the palate - dry with fine tannins and medium+ acidity, flavours of berry and cherry return, soft brown spice and earthy tones, calm, balanced, soft and quietly complex. Balanced and well made, quite lengthy."