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Tiki 2016 ‘Koro’ Waipara and Central Otago Pinot Noirs

27 December,2017

The ‘Koro’ tier of Tiki Wine and Vineyards is their flagship. The’Tiki’ name refers to founder Royce McKean’s great-great grandfather Tiki Tere Mihi, chieftain of the Ngati Uenuku tribe. The name ‘Koro’ is Maori for grandfather and also relates to Royce McKean’s forebear. The ‘Koro’ range consists of a Central Otago Pinot Noir, made at the Maude facility, recently joined by a Hawke’s Bay Chardonnay, made by Tiki’s winemaker Evan Ward. A 2016 Waipara Pinot Noir now joins the range. I review the two new 2016 Pinot Noirs here. The Waipara wine can be accurately described as ‘masculine’ and the Central Otago wine as feminine, if you can handle these terms in today’s world of political correctness. www.tikiwine.com

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Tiki ‘Koro’ Waipara Pinot Noir 2016

Pinot Noir from New Zealand – Canterbury & Waipara

18/20

Moderately dark ruby-red colour with some depth, lighter on the edge with slight garnet hues. The nose has well-packed, deep and solid aromas of dark-red and black berried fruit melded with a complexing layer of dark herbs, hints of undergrowth, mushrooms and earth. The aromatics are deep and rounded with building intensity. Medium-full bodied, the palate has a solid, concentrated core with deep flavours of dark-red and black berried fruits melded with an amalgam of dark herbs, earth, subtle undergrowth notes. The palate is robust with fine, grainy tannin structure and integrated acidity, lending good depth and presence. The flavours carry to a moderately long and fulsome finish. This is a near-robust, well-packed Pinot Noir with dark-red and black-berried fruit along with savoury herb, earth and undergrowth complexities. Match with game meat dishes and casseroles over the next 6+ years. Waipara Valley fruit indigenous yeast fermented with a portion of whole bunches to 14.0% alc., the wine on skins for approx. 3 weeks and aged 18 months in French oak. 18.0/20 Dec 2017 RRP $33.00

Tiki ‘Koro’ Central Otago Pinot Noir 2016

Pinot Noir from New Zealand – Otago

18/20

Even, light ruby-red colour, a little lighter edged with slight purple hues. The nose is elegantly presented with fragrant and lifted aromas of red cherry and berry fruit, along with red florals, unveiling fine liquorice and dark herb detail. The aromatics are the feature. Medium-bodied, the palate is elegantly proportioned with bright, fragrant flavours of red cherries and berries, along with red florals, and subtle notes of herbs and liquorice. The palate has a gentle richness and sweetness with an underlying linear drive. The mouthfeel is refreshing and lively with a fine-textured core and lively, balanced acidity. The wine carries to an elegant finish. This is an elegant, fragrant, red cherry and floral fruited Pinot Noir with a bright mouthfeel and fine tannins. Match with poultry and pork over the next 5-6 years. Clone 777, 114 and Abel from Wanaka, fermented with approx. 10% whole bunches to 14.0% alc., the wine aged 10 months in 10% new oak. 18.0/20 Dec 2017 RRP $33.00

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