Akarua Central Otago Pinot Noir 2015

Coming into to winter and the weather is starting to change. As the days get shorter and the nights are get cooler our tastes start to change. The BBQ has been packed away until next year and out comes the slow cooker. This month I have discovered four quite special wines that are worth trying, All under $40 and highly recommended. Either with a meal or just relaxing by an open fire – welcome in the winter with some great reds…

Akarua Central Otago Pinot Noir 2015

Akarua has always been a favourite of mine from discovering the winery quite a few years back on a Central Otago wine tour. Still in it’s infancy back then, the central Otago wine industry has grown to take on international acclaim. Akarua, as one of the early iconic producers from the region, has sat front and centre with a good stakeholder within the much coveted Bannockburn sub-region of the Central Otago wine region.

This wine is a stunning representation of the Bannockburn Pinot Noirs and without doubt maintains the mantle of being one of the best. And at just $43 it represents incredible value if you are looking for something a little special without a huge budget.

tasting notes: Deep ruby red in colour with a bouquet of sweet spices dark fruit and undertones of forest floor. The palate is finely balanced with the distinctive red and black berries you’d expect to find in a pinot noir, fine tannins and an elegant finish

food match: Try this with venison, a fine roast duck, even something mildly spiced like a Peking duck, or dark chocolate.