Grape Variety: 54% Pinot Noir, 46% Chardonnay
Growing Region: Bannockburn, Central Otago, New Zealand
Head Winemaker: Matt Connell

The combined contributions from head winemaker Matt Connell and consulting Methode specialist Dr Tony Jordan have crafted Akarua's first 'vintage' sparkling wine. The finest expression of Methode Traditionnelle wines are a blend of the finest Pinot Noir and Chardonnay grapes - Central Otago and more importantly Akarua definitely have both - sourced from dramatically diverse vineyards sites to produce this world class 'vintage' sparkling wine.

 

The Chardonnay and Pinot Noir fruit parcels were chosen from several selected blocks on the Akarua Estate - which were hand harvested and then carefully whole bunch pressed, with each parcel kept separate.
The juice was then settled and racked for yeast fermentation that took place in old oak barrels. A selection of the finest base wines of the 2010 harvest was made to produce this vintage brut blend with a strong backbone and character. The blended base wine was then transferred to bottle to undergo secondary fermentation inside the bottle for a minimum of 36 months on yeast less before ‘riddling’ and disgorgement.
In the flute you have medium-small sized bubbles with a golden glow. On the nose the strong Pinot Noir red fruit and savoury aromas are complemented by subtle toast and dried nut notes. The aromas follow onto the palate with powerful creamy flavours that linger and then lead to a bright crisp brut style finish. Chill and serve at 8°C.

An exciting new string to Akarua’s bow.

CELLARING POTENTIAL:
Drinking perfectly well this summer season; and will hold its personality for 2-3 years.
 
SUGGESTED FOOD MATCHES:
Perfect wine as an aperitif, or paired with shellfish, steamed white fish on risotto or a calamari salad, enjoy.