Akarua Methode Tradition Brut 750ml
VARIETY 33% Pinot Noir, 67% Chardonnay
REGION Region: Central Otago Sub Region: Bannockburn
VINEYARD Akarua Estate Vineyard Height above sea level: 270m Soil: Fine sandy/loam topsoils overlaying schist Vine Age: 16 Years minimum. Base wine making Pinot Noir and Chardonnay from several blocks on the vineyard are hand harvested and whole bunch pressed. All batches are kept separate. Juices are settled and racked to yeast fermentation in old French oak barriques and stainless steel tanks.
BLENDING Once malolactic fermentation is complete the base wines, together with up to 15% of base wines that have been aged for several years in old French oak (reserve wines) are blended to produce the Akarua Brut NV.
TIRAGE & Yeast ageing The blended base wines are transferred to bottle with yeast and a precise amount of sugar to undergo the secondary sparkling fermentation. They are then aged on yeast lees before riddling, disgorging and labelling. Akarua Brut NV is a fresh aperitif style with floral, savoury and bread dough aromas. The palate has a creamy middle and a long crisp brut finish. Drinking occasion The Brut NV is a fine aperitif wine and is ideal for celebrating with friends whenever and wherever you get together.
SERVING TEMPERATURE Serve lightly chilled
TECHNICAL ANALYSIS Winemakers Andrew Keenleyside & Dr Tony Jordan