Akitu A1 Pinot Noir 2017 Central Otago

A richly scented bouquet of Pinot Noir with aromas of dark berries, wood spices, wild thyme and a core of savoury complexity. Plum and dark cherry, black currant and wild flowers, stony, rocky outcrop minerality. Youthful, tense , firm and focused textures on the palate with flavours that reflect the nose - dark berries then wood spices, some wild thyme and undergrowth moments. Youthful tannins and acid line. Lengthy finish, dry, well made, youthful. Best from 2021 through 2029. 94 Points

Footnote: I judged this wine at the Decanter World Wine Awards just a few weeks ago. Wines at this competition - the largest in the world - are poured from 750 ml bottles, tasted blind and discussed by a panel of fours judges. I gave the wine 95 points - at that judging. The score above (94 points) was from a sample bottle 375 ml tasted in my tasting room at home. Have to say Iā€™m pretty happy with the 94 Points. It demonstrates pretty clearly (to me at least) that bottle size can matter - though not by much - when wine is simply this good. Well done Andrew Donaldson and the winemaking team.

Cameron Douglas