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Tiki ‘Estate’ 2016 Waipara Pinot Gris and Chardonnay

13 July,2017
Tiki Wines and Vineyards is the winegrowing venture of Royce and Sue McKean who purchased 325 ha in the Waipara Valley, planting grapes over 2004 to 2006 to act as contract growers. This was expanded when the McKeans purchased and planted a further 225 ha in the Upper Wairau Valley, planting over 2007 to 2008. It has just been announced that the McKean's three Marlborough vineyards have been sold to the global Treasury wine group. However they intend to continue their Tiki label, with agreements to source fruit from their former vineyards. Tiki also make wine from fruit from Hawke’s Bay and Central Otago, so it is clear that the brand is not wholly dependent on owning its own fruit supply. Here, I review the new Tiki ‘Estate’ 2016 Waipara Pinot Gris and Chardonnay. These wines have a little more complexity and firmness than previous releases, and will be good food accompaniments.


Tiki ‘Estate’ Waipara Pinot Gris 2016

Pinot Gris from New Zealand – Canterbury & Waipara

Bright, light golden-hued yellow colour with some depth, a little lighter on the rim. This has an elegantly proportioned nose with good depth and a firm core of savoury yellow stonefruits with subtle tropical fruit and honied notes, along with hints of musk and marmalade, and botrytis-like talc. The nose has a steely freshness. Medium-dry to taste and medium-full bodied, the palate has flavours of savoury yellow stonefruits, tropical fruits and honey, entwined with musk and marmalade notes. The flavours show good depth and richness, with a concentrated core. The wine flows along a light, grainy-textured line with soft, integrated acidity, leading to a moderately long, savoury fruited finish with honied nuances. This is a concentrated and rich medium-dry Pinot Gris with savoury stonefruit and tropical fruit flavours entwined with honey, musk and marmalade notes on a soft, grainy-textured palate. Match with Middle Eastern cuisine over the next 3 years. Fruit from the Waipara terraces, cool-fermented in stainless-steel to 13.5% alc. and 6 g/L RS, the wine aged on lees. 17.5/20 Jul 2017 RRP $19.99

Tiki ‘Estate’ Waipara Chardonnay 2016

Chardonnay from New Zealand – Canterbury & Waipara

Bright straw-yellow colour with pale green-gold hues. The nose is firmly concentrated and tightly bound with a well-packed core of savoury yellow stonefruits entwined with nutty lees and oak elements and a layering of flinty, minerally sulphide complexities. Medium-full bodied, the palate ha a fine, tight, linear core unfolding flavours of savoury yellow stonefruits melded with nutty lees and oak note and flinty mineral notes. The palate is firm and tut, with light textures and crisp, balancing acidity. The flavours lead to a lingering finish of stonefruits with funky sulphide complexities. This is a firm and concentrated, elegant Chardonnay with savoury stonefruit and nutty flavours complexed by flinty, sulphide complexities. Match with seafood and poultry over the next 3+ years. Waipara fruit indigenous yeast barrel-fermented to 13.5% alc., the wine aged one year on lees in French oak with batonnage and MLF. 17.0+/20 Jul 2017 RRP $19.99
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