The winemaking objectives at Akarua are very simple - to show the fruit, variety and site at its best through the use of very gentle handling and absolute attention to detail.
In the mid-1990s, Sir Clifford Skeggs was among the first to commit to Central Otago as a viticultural region on a large scale and therefore managed to secure one of the finest elevated North facing sites in the prestigious Bannockburn sub-region.
Vines at Akarua were first planted in 1996. With a 50 hectare vineyard – the largest single, family owned site, Akarua has never been in such a strong position as it is today under second generation family leadership of David Skeggs at the business helm with award winning Matt Connell heading up the winemaking team.
At 45 degrees south, Central Otago is the world’s southernmost grape growing regions and the vineyards are the highest in New Zealand. Bannockburn is referred to as the “Jewel in the Crown of Central Otago”. The pinot noir in Bannockburn is probably the most complete of any fruit found in Central Otago, producing wines that have great fruit and depth of flavor supported by fine tannins.
Central Otago wines are hard won – a factor that adds to their scarcity, value and appeal.