Akitu Pinot Noir 2016
New Zealand Pinot is on a roll, with quality better than ever and a real sense of style which combines plushness, purity and minerality. A truly brilliant example of the quality coming from Central Otago is Akitu. Grown at high altitude at the tip of the southern-most winemaking region on earth, not far from the stunning Lake Wanaka, Akitu literally means ‘summit’ in Maori – an apt description not just geographically, but qualitatively.
Despite being a young estate Akitu is on an upward curve which is hard to beat: as the age of the vines is increasing, and the winemaker’s knowledge of the vines and ferments grows, each vintage shows a step up in class. The wine is becoming more ‘grown-up’ year after year, and the 2016 demonstrates that they are definitely heading in the right direction. We loved the 2015 and the 2016 continues the Akitu journey in the same vein; this is a wine that is so magnificently approachable already, showing perfect poise and balance, but which will offer anyone with patience a massive reward for allowing this to mature in the cellar for a few years.
Few wine writers have spent more time in New Zealand over the past few years than Jamie Goode, whose review of the 2016 below reflects our interest and excitement about this up-and-coming estate. We have no doubt that Akitu is on a path to being the next Felton Road / Ata Rangi / Mount Difficulty…