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Tiki ‘Koro’ Central Otago Pinot Noir 2015

18 September,2017
Tiki Wine and Vineyards is the wine venture of Royce and Sue McKean who on returning from overseas established vineyards in Waipara and Marlborough releasing their first wine from the 2009 vintage, that being 1,000 cases of Sauvignon Blanc The quantity and range of wines has grown considerably since then. The core of the ‘Tiki’ brand is made up of the ‘Estate’ wines, with special and more limited wines under the ‘Single Vineyard’ tier. There are the secondary brands of ‘Maui’ and ‘Alpine Valley’ which offer good value. The flagship wine is the ‘Koro’ Central Otago Pinot Noir, ‘Koro’ meaning grandfather in Maori, and here a tribute to Royce McKean’s great grandfather Chief Tiki Tere Mihi. Here, I review the 2015 Tiki ‘Koro’ Pinot Noir, made from Wanaka fruit at the Maude winery.


Tiki ‘Koro’ Central Otago Pinot Noir 2015

Pinot Noir from New Zealand – Otago

Light ruby-red colour with some depth, lighter on the rim. The nose is initially elegant and slender in expression, and tightly bound with aromas of dark-red cherry and berry fruit entwined with subtle notes of dark herbs and complexing whole bunch stalk perfumes. The aromatics grow and red florals blossom with aeration. Medium-full bodied, the palate has softly ripe flavours of dark-red cherry and berry fruit, along with fragrant red florals, unfolding layers of dark herbs and nuances of whole bunch stalk elements. The fruit has good intensity, forming an elegantly concentrated core with good linearity. The fruit is supported by fine-grained tannin extraction and the palate I enlivened by fresh, balanced acidity. The flavours carry to a long, lingering nuanced finish of dark-red fruits, herbs and whole bunch complexities. This is an elegant, finely concentrated Pinot Noir with red cherry and berry fruit with herb and whole bunch complexities on a fine-grained palate. Serve with wild duck and pork over the next 5-6 years. Fruit from the Wanaka district, fermented with approx. 20% whole bunches to 13.5% alc., the wine aged 11 months in barriques. 18.0+/20 Sep 2017 RRP $33.00
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