“All the Finesse and Complexity of Fine Champagne”
Exclusive: When Decanter gives a Champagne-style méthode traditionnelle rosé 95 points, praising its “very refined” mousse and “creamy” texture, adding that the wine is “complex and sophisticated” with “vibrant” red fruit and “savory brioche,” we expected a hefty three-digit retail price tag to follow. As our Chief Wine Officer, Matt Deller MW dug deeper, he uncovered more accolades: The Drinks Business, put this wine at the number 5 spot on their “10 Best Sparkling Rosés in the World” list, calling it a “class act, with all the finesse and complexity of fine Champagne.” Pile on 10 gold medals from international competitions, 94-points from the venerable Cameron Douglas MS who called it “luscious, fruity, floral and focused” and ask who is responsible for all this? Dr. Tony Jordan — one of the preeminent sparkling winemakers in the world, whose CV includes long stints at Moet Hennessy’s Domaine Chandon, Cape Mentelle and Cloudy Bay. We are thrilled to offer this highly-lauded, bright red-berry and toasty brioche Akarua Méthode Traditionelle Rosé NV for just $29.99 — the only place you’ll find it in the U.S. thanks to Matt Deller MW’s relationship with the winery.
Given that Champagne is one of the northernmost wine regions on the planet, it follows that the southernmost region would also have such success as well. The secret is the cool climate, with ample sunlight hours during the growing season. During the summer months, the sun often doesn’t set until well after 10:00 p.m., and rises before 6:00 a.m, while maintaining cool daytime temperatures. The Akarua Rosé NV takes full advantage of this, maintaining ripe, powerful fruit with vibrant acids and lower alcohols necessary for great sparkling wine.
Under Dr. Jordan’s direction, the lots of sustainably-farmed, estate-grown grapes are hand harvested and vinified separately. The final blend of 38% Pinot Noir and 62% Chardonnay is composed of current vintage wines, as well as 15% of mature vintages. The exact years are a house secret, but given the complexity of this cuvée, expect significant development, à la Krug. Whether you're looking for the hippest in southern hemisphere wine, or for a new supply of Champagne-quality bubbles, the Akarua Rosé NV is the sparkler for you. The ambition of this wine is clear in every glass, and you’d likely be paying well north of $50 a bottle for Champagne of this caliber, if not more.