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Akarua

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+64 3-445 0897
Rapid Number 210, Cairnmuir Road
Bannockburn
, Central Otago 9384
New Zealand
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ABOUT Akarua:

Grape varietals: Chardonnay,Pinot Noir,Sparkling,Pinot Gris,Riesling.

The 50 hectare vineyard consists of three main sub areas.

The lower portion, or flats that are closest to Cairnmuir Road, of 11.5 hectare with a soil base of about 800mm of sandy silt on deep, fine, alluvial gravel.
The main terrace is a 25.5 hectare glacial terrace of finely fractured rock and gravel, overlaid by 300-400mm of very fine 'wind deposited silt'.
The 13 hectare sloping hillside blocks, with names that all end in 'view', have the same layer of the 'wind deposited silt', this time over fractured schist and rock, which was the parent material of the main terrace.
Vines, which are mostly trained using the Vertical Shoot Positioning system, (with some spur pruning being trialed), are planted at 2,500 to 3,000 per hectare. Soil moisture is monitored weekly to make sure that the vines are not water-stressed and to ensure that water is never wasted.

All three areas have excellent drainage and enough soil to maintain grapevines with a modest crop load to produce clean, concentrated grapes typical to their variety.

The plantings are 70% Pinot Noir with Pinot Gris and Chardonnay sharing the balance with a small area of Riesling plantings on Redback Ridge.

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