Akitu is the wine of Hawkesbury Estates Limited. We are a family owned vineyard producing exclusively Pinot noir in a variety of clones on an exceptional land holding in the Upper Clutha basin of Central Otago. We planted our 12ha vineyard in 2002/2003 and it produces approx. 60 tonnes of fruit each vintage - the best of which goes to make akitu. Our inaugural 2012 vintage was met with a highly flattering response which has now been complemented with a Gold Medal in the International Wine Challenge for our Akitu A1.
What The Critics Say
96/100 Decanter, Anne Krebiehl MW
"Subtle cherry on the nose. The palate is a lovely expression of unforced balance, and interplay between aromatic, ripe fruit and bracing freshness with a lovely savoury glint. Nothing is overdone here."
93/100 Bob Campbell MW
"Akitu's flagship black label wine shows more concentration than the regular label and more backbone. It has bright cherry, red rose, raspberry, herb and sappy, spicy flavours. 40% whole bunches in fermentation. A youthful and firmly-structured wine that should develop well with bottle age 21/12/2017."Drink 2018 - 2024
92+/100 Parker's Wine Advocate, Joe Czerwinski
"The 2016 Pinot Noir A1 was vinified as 40% whole bunches, and there's a definite herbal-stemmy-tea-like note associated with that, but it's attractive and well balanced by ripe black cherry fruit. It's full-bodied, with supple tannins, and the 25% new French oak isn't obvious, being already well integrated into the rest of the wine. Dried spices and fine-grained tannins fan out across the long finish." Drink 2018 - 2025
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