Tiki Estate Pinot Noir 2016 - Waipara
The Waipara Valley is snuggled in the lee of the Teviotdale hills that provide protection from cool easterly winds but are open to the warming northwest winds. The protective Southern Alps ensure low rainfall, abundant sunshine and often very warm summers. The hot, dry nor’wester winds are tempered by the cooling sea breezes and the occasional cold southerly fronts.
Bright cherry red
Aromas of dark cherry and plum supported by a background of toasty oak.
This blend from Waipara is richly flavoured and aromatic and delivers elegant, earthy Pinot flavours complemented by fine-grained tannins and well balanced subtle oak flavours. The palate is full but soft with great length of flavour and finishes dry with perfect weight and mouthfeel.
Alc Vol: 14.00%
Acidity (TA): 5.60 g/l
pH: 3.60 g/l
Residual Sugar: less than 1g/l
2016 was a great vintage for Pinot. Crops were balanced, summer was moderate and autumn was long and dry.
Traditional Burgundian methods were used for vinification and elevage. A proportion of the whole bunch was placed at the bottom of the vats, with destemmed berries on top. One week cold soak was followed by a natural fermentation during which time the floating cap of skins was plunged twice daily.
After fermentation, the wine was tasted daily to determine the day of press. Total cuvaison was around 3 weeks. It was gently pressed pneumatically then aged in French oak for 18 months on yeast lees. The malolactic fermentation occurred naturally in spring. The result is a rich, ripe, full-bodied wine with the typical regional characters of chocolate, cherry, plum, and spice.
100% Pinot Noir
18 months in French oak.
Drinking well now but will continue to develop for a further five years from vintage date.
SUGGESTED FOOD MATCH
The perfect drink for a picnic with cheese, cold meats, patés, and terrines
AWARDS & REVIEWS
4.5 STARS Wine Orbit, February 2018
4 STARS Raymond Chan, February 2018
4 STARS Harpers Wine Stars, April 2018