Tiki Koro Pinot Noir 2014 - Central Otago
Central Otago is the most southerly grape-growing region in the world. Located at 45º south, it shares unique geographical and climactic conditions with some of the world’s most prestigious wine-producing regions. Burgundy and the northern Rhone in France, and Oregon’s Willamette Valley in the SA, are all at latitudes between 45º and 47º north.
Intensely and brightly coloured wine with a deep red/purple hue
Aromatically savoury with delightful earthy, forest floor aromas, a touch of truffle with supporting plummy, dark red fruit notes
An exceptionally balanced wine showing a lovely integration of fine-grained tannins and full fruit flavours. The palate is full bodied with marvellous texture and length resulting in a wine that has intensity to match fuller flavoured dishes.
100% Wanaka, Central Otago
After a mild and dry winter the season commenced with budburst starting in the 2nd week of October. A very unsettled and cool October followed with multiple snowfalls on the hills for most of the month. Improving weather in early November, along with warm temperatures and good soil moisture, ensured rapid growth and perfect conditions for canopy development. Flowering started in mid to late December resulting in fairly even fruit set and good crop loads. Fruit thinning was carried out in early February adjusting crop levels to an average of 4 to 4.5 tons per hectare. Great autumn weather carried through into late April. Mild, dry and relatively frost free conditions were ideal for ripening, allowing blocks and clones to be individually harvested at optimal levels of ripeness and physiological maturity.
Harvest commenced on the 23rd of April and concluded on the 2nd of May.
The fruit was fermented in small parcels with 15% whole bunches included in the ferment to give lifted aromatics and structure. Hand plunging was carried out daily during ferment and the total maceration time was four weeks which allowed extended time for tannin extraction. After pressing, the wine was aged for eleven months in small oak barriques. The wine had such perfect balance that no fining was done.
100% Pinot Noir
100% stainless steel with oak barriques for eleven months
Alc Vol: 14.3 per cent
Acidity (TA): 6.0 g/l
2016/18 – May be cellared for a further five years from 2018.
SUGGESTED FOOD MATCH
Pinot Noir can be enjoyed with an extraordinary variety of dishes. This wine is best suited to full-flavoured dishes such as venison with savoury sauces, roast duck or a pork loin served with potatoes and herbs.