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Tiki ‘Estate’ Waipara Pinot Noir 2018

12 December,2018

Returning from overseas, Royce and Sue McKean established substantially sized vineyards in the Waipara Valley in North Canterbury, then in the Upper Wairau Valley in Marlborough to become contract winegrowers. However it did not take long before the lure of having their own label became manifest, and they launched Tiki Wine and Vineyards with their first vintage in 2009. Based in Christchurch, I feel that the Waipara wines of their range is close to their hearts! Here, I review the new release 2018 Tiki ‘Estate’ Waipara Pinot Noir. I can only think that such a new release, no matter how drinkable it is, will benefit from some time in bottle before broaching.


Tiki ‘Estate’ Waipara Pinot Noir 2018

Pinot Noir from New Zealand – Canterbury & Waipara


Ruby-red colour with some depth, a little lighter on the rim with slight purple hues. The nose is elegant in proportion with bright and fresh primary aromas of dark-red cherry fruit entwined with fresh herb notes. This is fruit focussed and uncomplicated, but builds in depth with aeration. Medium-bodied, the palate has fresh and lively fruit flavours of spicy dark-red cherries harmoniously melded with subtle notes of dark herbs with lifted red florals. The fruit grows in concentration and is enlivened by refreshing acidity, and the wine flows along a light, grainy-textured line with some underlying alcoholic drive. The wine carries to a cherry-fruited finish. This is a fresh, lively fruit-focussed, dark-red cherry flavoured Pinot Noir with herb nuances on a light, grainy palate. It should put on more weight over the next 2+ years. Serve with tuna and salmon, and with antipasto and tapas. Waipara fruit fermented to 14.0% alc., the wine aged 4-5 months in seasoned French oak. 16.5+/20 Dec 2018 RRP $23.00

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