Akitu 2013: 95 points in Decanter


For the committed Pinot-phile it is not a million miles from Burgundy to New Zealand, so it is a natural progression for us to be developing our range of both established and up and coming Kiwi Pinot estates.

Last year we were delighted to start working with Andrew Donaldson to launch the first vintage (2012) of his Akitu Pinot Noir from Central Otago. We are not in the least surprised that his 2013 has got a huge score and rave review from Peter McCombie MW review of New Zealand 2013 Pinot Noirs.

It will be arriving in the UK late summer/early Autumn. Dubbed “the vintage of a generation”, this will be the first 2013 Pinot Noir we offer (we release our other established favourite Black Quail with a little more bottle age).


Aromatic black cherry fruit with spice and teasing sage and thyme undertones, some spice too; quite intense fruit – summer pudding – with great clarity, marked bite of acidity and fine tannins. Still youthful and not quite charming (yet). One to watch and keep. Rating: 95/100