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Akarua | Bannockburn

Akarua Vineyards in Bannockburn, Central Otago New Zealand

The Skeggs family were among the first people to buy and plant vineyard land in Central Otago in the mid-1990s, so were lucky enough to acquire a superb north facing site in Bannockburn. Planted in 1996, this 50 hectare site has since provided the backbone of the Akarua wines. Due to the short growing season in Central Otago, site selection is one of the key elements in making a great wine, and Akarua has a site that is among the very best.

Sustainability in the vineyard and winery is integral to the Akarua ethos. Water conservation, recycling, the use of lightweight bottles, fully insulated barrel rooms and energy efficient lighting in the winery are a few of the initiatives taken by Akarua to guarantee their accredited status as a sustainable producer.

Winemaker Andrew Keenleyside ensures that the fruit is well balanced. He avoids the raisiny flavours that some in Central Otago seem to obtain, and produces wines with lovely aromatic lift and fine tannins. 

In addition to still wines Akarua also make top quality fizz thanks in part to the late Tony Jordan, who was the first to make Akarua's sparkling wines. Tony built  Domaine Chandon in Australia and was one of the world’s leading experts in sparkling wine production. He had always believed in the potential for Central Otago to make top quality fizz and finally realised his ambition to make premium sparkling wines here when the first Akarua expressions were released in 2011.

 

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