The Cairnmuir Road vineyard is planted over three glacially-formed terraces tucked into the foothills of the mountains. Soils are schist in differing grades from fine sand on the lowest terraces through gravels and layers of rock. Four varietals are planted here – 80% pinot noir and the balance in chardonnay, pinot gris and riesling. The west-facing position of this unique vineyard site gives intense all day sun during the growing season, and it is here we see the darkest fruit character in our pinot noir, and the most rich, round and ripe tannins, acidity and structure. Akarua's "icon" wine The Siren, is created from winemaker Andrew Keenleyside's selection of the darkest richest barrels of pinot noir from this site and is the perfect way to taste Cairmuir Road in a glass.
The Siren is a wine for collectors, for the hedonists, for life’s most important moments. A selection of our best barrels of the best vintages of pinot noir, from our ‘home block’ on Cairnmuir Road. A powerful and brooding wine, complex with lifted florals, dark berry fruit and deeply resonant roasted spice notes reflecting the Cairnmuir Road parcels. 18 months in French oak, 12 months in bottle before release.
Savoury developed nose with wood smoke, marzipan and dried thyme with pretty florals of roses and lilies. The palate is rich, luscious and ripe, with the crunch of cranberry acidity providing lift and balance. A lovely long finish laced with the flavour of fresh licorice and stony minerals.
Decant one hour before enjoying at 16-19C in generous stemware.
The Siren offers harmony, structure and longevity – a truly remarkable drop, save it for a very special occasion!