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Hawkesbury Estates is a 12 hectare single varietal monopole producing exquisite Pinot noir in the Wanaka subregion of New Zealand's Central Otago.  The vines that produce our highly acclaimed Akitu wines were planted 20 years ago; a pivotal coming of age marker for pinot in Central Otago.

This is alpine wine – marginal, fresh, glistening. Fine and elegant Pinot noir from a remarkable and unique place. Sitting alone against the Southern Alps, on the 45th parallel and at 380m above sea level, ours is a vineyard on the edge and our vine's resilience have been tested here time and time again - as the vineyard has proved, pinot loves adversity. 

We only make three wines here: our A1 is layered, complex and precise, rewarding some quiet time in cellar; the A2 is a joyful and generous blend celebrating succulent fruit and classic Central Otago purity; and while the red blends have enjoyed critical attention and awards for some time its our deceitful blanc de noir, the Pinot Noir Blanc that has captured the interest of so many.  As acclaimed critic Matthew Jukes writes “- there is nothing like it on earth.”  



akitu A1 Pinot Noir 2019 : 95 Points

Anne Krebiehl MW : Falstaff : August 2021

A lovely mossy lift gives an ethereal edge to pristine, ripe but tart red cherry fruit. The palate comes in with a firm but graceful structure and a spine of both ripe, slightly grippy and superfine tannin and vivid, mouth-watering freshness. The texture has the kind of resonance and depth that draws you in and promises reserves that have yet to show themselves. Give this bottle age. It is a lesson in precision, clarity and depth. The length proves this point and throws in a lifted note of conifer.”

Read the full article review: https://www.falstaff.com/en/nd/nzs-akitu-launches-2019-vintage/

akitu A1 Pinot Noir 2019 : 95 Points

Jamie Goode : Wine Anorak : December 2021

This is a tight-wound, structured Pinot with some savoury, gravelly grip to the black cherry and blackberry fruit, with some raspberry brightness and a touch of sternness on the finish. The nose is intriguing, with fine green hints interwoven into the slightly sweet and sour fruit, and savoury overtones. There’s lots of fruit here, but it is chained with fine but firm tannins, and it has some tautness. You can drink it now, and it offers a lot of pleasure, but it’s grunty and stern enough to reward some cellaring. Impressive stuff, chiselled, balanced, but with lovely fruit, too.”

Read the full article review: https://wineanorak.com/2021/12/15/akitu-top-pinot-noirs-from-wanaka-central-otago/

akitu A2 Pinot Noir 2019 : 4.5 Stars

Michael Cooper : Michael Cooper Wines : November 2021

Grown at high altitude at Mt Barker, in the Wanaka sub-region, the still youthful 2019 vintage was designed as an ‘instantly rewarding, convivial wine.’ Bright ruby, it is an elegant red, fresh and lively, with strong, ripe berry and spice flavours, a hint of herbs, nutty oak adding good complexity and supple tannins. Best drinking 2023+”

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