Tiki Single Vineyard Chardonnay 2017 - Hawkes Bay
Hawke's Bay is the oldest wine region in New Zealand and the second largest. Located at 39.4°S, in the North Island of New Zealand, our climate is maritime and similar to Bordeaux. This region is well known for their rich, complex Chardonnays
A delicate, pale straw green
An elegant blend of aromas from Chardonnay fruit, integrated toasty oak and yeast lees along with subtle malolactic fermentation aromas.
A complex Chardonnay exhibiting strong varietal flavours supported by a fullness and creaminess derived from extended time on yeast lees in barrel. Partial malolactic fermentation has helped to soften the wine and this, combined with the flavours of the best oak barrels provides a wine of density and depth.
100% Hawke’s Bay
The growing season weather conditions were perfect for bringing the Chardonnay fruit to full maturity while still retaining a good level of natural acidity to ensure freshness and flavour. Thanks to the earlier maturity of this block the fruit was able to be picked before the mid-season rains that occurred this year. The soil is a mixture of 10,000 year old volcanic ash and deep red metals overlaying limestone, creating low yields and extremely concentrated fruit flavours.
The fruit was harvested at optimum ripeness and transported quickly to the winery. It was then gently pressed using a Champagne cycle with no press cuts. Pressing was followed by cold settling to clarify the juice. The clear juice was fermented in 43% new French Oak Barriques with a specific Chardonnay yeast that enhances complexity. It then went through a full malolactic fermentation to add further complexity and softness to the palate. After ferment, the wine was aged on yeast less with fortnightly stirring to encourage extraction of yeast mannoproteins to aid with palate weight and roundness.
100% Chardonnay Mendoza Clone
100% barrel fermentation and maturation for eleven months
Alc Vol: 14.25% vol
Acidity (TA): 5.80 g/l
pH: 3.26 g/l
Residual Sugar: less than 1g/l
2018/21 - Will continue to develop for a further 5 years.
SUGGESTED FOOD MATCH
Perfect with light and delicate food such as raw and lightly cooked shellfish like prawns, steamed or grilled fish, fish pâtés, fish, chicken or vegetable terrines and pasta or risotto with spring vegetables.
AWARDS & REVIEWS
5 STARS Wine Orbit, December 2017
4 STARS Raymond Chan, December 2017
4.5 STARS Cuisine Magazine, June 2018
4 STARS Michael Cooper, August 2018