In 1996, in a daring and visionary move, South Island family the Skeggs, planted their first Akarua vineyard on Cairnmuir Rd in Bannockburn. The 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.
The Brut, a blend of 59% Pinot and 41% Chardonnay, is crisp and clean with lovely balance and complexity. Pale lemon in colour. The wine boasts aromas of lemon curd, white peach, apple blossom and freshly baked brioche. With lovely balance and complexity, the palate is clean and crisp with a fine-beaded mousse and a bright acidity which carries the flavours onto the lingering finish.