Top Pinot Noirs under £30

Akarua Pinot Noir 2011

3. AkaruaNew Zealand is hardly a recent discovery for most Pinot Noir fans, but this year’s competition further reinforced the breadth and consistency on offer here, with Akarua proving yet another name to watch.

Produced in the Bannockburn sub-region of Pinot Noir stronghold Central Otago, this wine comes from four different vineyard blocks planted on schist-based soil and retails for around £20.

Although the first vines were planted here by the Skeggs family back in 1996, there has been considerable expansion since then. 2008 marked a major restructuring programme, including the appointment of winemaker Matt Connell, and Akarau is now busy stepping up its export focus.

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