A challenging year, but this 40% wholebunch (the rest being whole berries) Pinot Noir has loads of Far-Eastern spice to complement rich, dark black fruits. Fantastic acidity keeps everything in perfect harmony. Plenty of ageing potential, clearly showing the direction in which top Otago Pinot Noirs are headed. Drinking Window 2020 - 2027.
A discreet touch of wood frames agreeably ripe and fresh aromas of briar, earth, humus and a mix of dark berries. There is good volume to the fleshy, round and energetic flavors that culminate in a delicious if mildly rustic finish that offers both fine depth and persistence. This isn't an elegant wine, but it has plenty to say. Drink: 2025+
Akita's 2017 Pinot Noir A1 starts off with intoxicating scents of roses, dried spices and tea-like nuance. A blend of four clones (mainly Abel and 777, with smaller portions of 5 and 115), it offers rich, deep, plummy fruit on the medium to full-bodied palate yet remains silky and airy in feel, ending with hints of dried herbs on the long, elegant finish. The 40% whole clusters and 20% new French oak are both enjoyable components in this complex, appealing wine.