Established in 2001 and dedicated solely to producing Pinot Noir, we believe ‘Akitu’ has been a pioneer in setting the standards for some of the most opulent, exciting and impressive Pinot’s New Zealand has ever seen.
Founded by Central Otago local Andrew Donaldson, the vineyard boasts a humble 12-hectare lot 380-metres above sea level on a stunning, north facing slope in Central Otago’s Upper Clutha basin. There are over 40,000 vines of 6 carefully selected clones planted across the vineyard, each in a place picked specifically based on it’s soil and aspect.
The word ‘Akitu’ is a Maori word that means the apex, or highest point of a mountain. This name was chosen not only because it embodied the area in which the wines were produced, but because it’s a representation of the calibre of the wine inside the bottle. It means ‘Akitu’ strives for excellence, the best, the pinnacle of quality, and we can’t help but agree they have achieved this in every way. If you ever get the chance to visit the winery take a close look at the surrounding mountain ranges, you will see that the font of the logo reflects perfectly against the silhouette of the mountains.
‘Akitu’ only produces two wines. The first of the wines is known as ‘A1’ which is made with the majority of Abel clones. It is aged in 25% French new oak and results in a prestigious, elegant, and precise Pinot Noir that commands your attention. The second is the ‘A2’ which is made with younger vines and boasts generous and juicy fruit flavours. This wine is playful, vibrant and expressive and a true testament to viticulturist Steve Blackmore, who has been tending to the ‘Akitu’ vines for more than a decade now and is proof that patience and Pinot are great partners.
For more information on Akitu and their wines, you can visit their website here.