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Tiki Wine Takes Another Step Up

The Tiki Estate wines have taken another step up.  The branding has slotted into place with the ‘Tiki Estate’ wines becoming the core of Royce and Sue McKean’s wine portfolio, with the ‘Maui’ brand as the ‘little brother’, sourcing fruit from any of the company’s vineyards over three growing regions, and the ‘Alpine Valley’ as specialist expressions of the higher altitude Wairau Alpine Valley growing region.  The flagship wines are the Tiki ‘Single Vineyard’ wines with a Tiki ‘Black Label’ Pinot Noir as the very top wine.  Labelling has been attractively fine-tuned.  The McKeans three vineyard sources are their home ‘Waiata’ vineyard in Waipara, purchased in 2004, three high altitude sites in the Wairau Alpine Valley, Marlborough, developed in conjunction with David Jordan, and the ‘Marshall’ vineyard in Gibbston, Central Otago, owned by Sue’s father Denis.  The vineyards come under the supervision of Pete Kerdemelidis and winemaking entrusted to the highly experienced Evan Ward from the 2010 vintage.  Already the 2011 vintage has provided trophy and gold medal success.

Maui Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2011  «««««

Very pale straw-yellow colour with green hues, pale on edge.  This is full with rich, ripe, pungent, fresh passionfruit aromas, upfront and softly voluminous.  Dry to taste, the palate is soft and full with gentle, harmonious. Lusciously ripe and pungent passionfruit flavours fill the mouth, and are enlivened by very fine acidity.  Seamless, near-creamy textures are the highlight and carry the flavours through to a long and sustained finish.  Fruit from the company’s Upper Wairau Valley vineyards cool-fermented in stainless-steel to 13.05% alc. and 6.0 g/L rs.  A beautifully smooth and flavoursome, but refreshing Sauvignon Blanc to match with Asian seafood dishes over the next 2 years.  18.5/20  Sep 2011  RRP $17.95

Maui Waipara Pinot Gris 2011  ««««

100% Pinot Gris from the ‘Waiata’ vineyard, Waipara, cool-fermented in stainless-steel to 13.0% alc. and 6.1 g/L rs.  Pale straw-yellow colour with a pale edge, this has an elegant and attractively intense nose of fresh pears with light spice notes, along with aromas of stonefruits, lifted with fresh youthful esters.  Medium-dry and full-bodied, this has soft, open flavours of spiced pear fruits with some power and depth, balanced by fresh acidity.  Full-flavoured through the mid-palate, the wine has a moderately sustained and subtly stonefruit nuanced finish.  Serve with Middle Eastern cuisine over the next 3-4 years.  17.5/20  Sep 2011  RRP $17.95

Maui Marlborough Rosé 2011  «««

100% Pinot Noir from the ‘Rewa’ vineyard in the Upper Wairau Valley, cold soaked for 24 hours and fermented to 13.4% alc. and 5.5 g/L rs.  Bright, deepish purple-hued pink colour with a pale purple edge, this is tight and shy on bouquet with esters lifted raspberry confectionary and berry fruit aromas.  Dryish to taste, the palate shows soft raspberry bon-bon fruitiness, quite fresh and openly presented, matched by soft acidity.  This is a gentle, soft rose with bright lollyish fruit.  An easy and accessible rosé to serve with antipasto, cold meats, salads and vegetables over the next 2 years.  16.5+/20  Sep 2011  RRP $17.95

Tiki Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2011  «««««

Fruit from the Upper Wairau Valley, cool-fermented in stainless-steel to 13.05% alc. and 6.2 g/L rs.  Brilliant straw-yellow colour with light green hues, this has a very fine, tightly bound and concentrated nose of passionfruit, gooseberries and minerals, expressed with great clarity.  Dry, very finely proportioned with crisp, racy, cutting acidity, the palate has excellent drive with flavours of white florals, pungent gooseberries and minerals.  This is concentrated but refined, with excellent zestiness, adding to a sweetly nuanced and long, delicately flavoured finish.  Match with shellfish over the next 2-3 years.  18.5+/20  Sep 2011  RRP $19.95

Tiki Marlborough Pinot Gris 2011  ««««

Bright, pale straw-yellow colour with light green hues, this has a very soft, gentle, well-integrated nose of pears and white stonefruit aromas lifted by some fresh fermentation esters.  Dryish to taste, the flavours of pears, stonefruits and minerals and very well-knit and balanced, and sit on a soft, silky-textured and harmoniously constructed palate.  Very fine acidity contributes to the gentleness and subtlety of the wine.  100% Pinot Gris from the ‘Rewa’ vineyard in the Upper Wairau Valley, cool-fermented in stainless-steel to 13.9% alc. and 6.43 g/L rs.  Serve with Thai, Vietnamese and Japanese cuisine over the next 3-4+ years.  18.0-/20  Sep 2011  RRP $19.95

Tiki Marlborough Pinot Noir Rosé 2011  ««««

Bright pink colour with depth, and youthful purple hues to the colour.  The bouquet is soft and ethereal with aromas of red florals, strawberries and raspberries, delicately lifted by fresh fermentation esters, all softly interwoven.  Dry, elegant and with concentrated flavours of fresh raspberries and flowers, the palate features seamless, fine textures that bind the fruit with delicacy.  Soft acidity complements the fruit core and presence, allowing the fruit to open out through the palate.  The finish is moderately sustained and lighter in expression. 100% Pinot Noir from the ‘Rewa’ vineyard in the Upper Wairau Valley, destemmed and given a 25 hour cold soak and fermented to 13.4% alc. and 5.5 g/L rs.  An elegant and harmonious rosé with delicacy to serve as an aperitif.  17.5/20  Sep 2011  RRP $19.95

Alpine Valley Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2011  ««««

Bright, very pale-straw yellow colour with light green hues, the aromatics of passionfruit are restrained, but there is concentration and vinous presence, with pure mineral and gooseberry notes emerging with some breathing.  Dry and very soft and fine-textured, delicate fruit flavours of gooseberries and white stonefruits unfold.  The acidity is crisp and lacy, providing excellent nervosity.  There is an underlying concentration that carries through to a subtle flavoured, but long finish.  Fruit from the company’s Upper Wairau Valley sites, cool-fermented in stainless-steel to 13.05% alc. and 6.2 g/L rs.  Match with seafood dishes over the next 2+ years.  18.0/20  Sep 2011  RRP $14.95

Alpine Valley Marlborough Pinot Gris 2011  ««««

100% Pinot Gris from the Upper Wairau Valley cool-fermented in stainless-steel to 13.9% alc. and 5.8 g/L rs.  Bright, pale straw-yellow colour with some green hues, this has a fresh, tight and elegant nose with aromas of white stonefruits, pears and minerals, quite compact and yet to blossom.  Dry, tightly constructed and sleek in proportion, steely pear and stonefruit flavours are carried by fine, acidity, the palate very fine in texture, nearly sleek and quite slippery.  Attractive, delicate pear flavours feature on the finish.  This will develop more richness with time in bottle.  Drink as an aperitif and with antipasto over the next 3-4 years.  17.5-/20  Sep 2011  RRP $14.95

Alpine Valley Marlborough Rosé 2011  ««««

Pale pink colour with some depth, and youthful, pale purple hues.  The bouquet is soft and elegant with aromas of red florals, raspberries and red stone fruits infused with mineral notes, all quite tightly bound.  Dry to taste, this has good body, weight and vinous presence, though the flavours are a little shy.  Bright, refreshing red floral and berry fruit flavours show and are enlivened by good acidity, adding some juiciness to the palate.  The textures are very delicate and provide a gentle core and line.  100% Pinot Noir from the Upper Wairau Valley destemmed and cold soaked for 24 hours, then cool-fermented in stainless-steel to 13.4% alc. and 5.5 g/L rs.  Match with seafood and poultry over the next 2 years.  17.5/20  Sep 2011  RRP $14.95

It's ripe and lush on the nose with passionfruit, stonefruit and gentle herbaceous characters. The palate is succulent and refreshing showing a lovely flow to a crisp finish. It's intensely flavoured and very appealing. At its best: now to 2013. $20.00 Moderate availability. 13% Screw cap. Feb 2011. Sam Kim

Tiki Single Vineyard, Wairau Alpine Valley Sauvignon Blanc 2010 

★★★★★-Michael Cooper

This is a full on high-impact but classy style. Very punchy and vibrant, it is fresh and immaculate with penetrating tropical fruit flavours, a herbal undercurrent, crisp, racy acidity and a lasting finish.

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A super Sauvignon Blanc from a stellar vintage, this single vineyard example hangs its richly textured palate of ripe passionfruit and musky herbs on a frame of exhilaratingly mouthwatering citrus zest and steely mineral. A dry delicious wine from a new name. Jo Burzynska


Of all the newcomer labels hitting shop shelves, wine websites and winemakers’ sample racks, this one stands out visually and in terms of taste. It’s a great vintage, 2010, from which to make a debut because the weather was so settled and warm at harvest time. This is resulting in wines which are exceptionally flavoursome and well balanced. TIKI Sauvignon Blanc is an outstanding example. It’s the brainchild of Royce and Sue McKean; Cantabrians who live at Sumner and are making Marlborough wine, predominatly for the UK market. This wine puts it’s best foot forward for both New Zealand and for fresh, bright, intensely flavoursome Sauvignon Blanc, which straddles the gooseberry, fresh-cut grass flavours with tropical fruit appeal and softness. Joelle Thomson


Lovely pure style, clean, alive and showing no signs of its youth or recent bottling. Quite a delight to enjoy, either by the glass on the bar or with early courses. Perhaps an ideal after-work wine and for lazy Sunday afternoons, the purity of its fruit statement very satisfying to sip on and converse over. Peter Saunders


TIKI Pinot Noir Central Otago 2008

★★★★-Michael Cooper

 The 2008 vintage is enjoyable now. Bright ruby, it is very fresh, sweet-fruited and finely balanced, with rich cherry, plum, spice and slight herb flavours, good savoury, nutty complexity and ripe, supple tannins.

★★★★-Charmian Smith

A charming but complex wine, showing the delicacy, fragrance and hints of blueberries characteristic of Gibbston-grown fruit, a hint of native bush and a textural, tingly aftertaste.   

New label we should expect to see more from. A warmly textured Central Otago style, rich in fruit, quite generous and opening up well. Plenty of local tones of cherries and even some blackcurrnat fruit. A lovely wine to improve and pick up complexity through 2011. Peter Saunders.

Wine tasting – Tiki Wines September 2010 by Cameron Douglas MS

TIKI Single Vineyard SB Marlborough 2010 13.5%

N: Pungent and powerful aromatics – sweet citrus, meyer lemon and grapefruit, juiced green apple then a tropical note of pineapple core and passion fruit. P: Dry, very crisp with high acidity yet well balanced with a solid fruit core reflecting the aromatics then a touch of sweet hay. Steely texture reflecting a light mineral undertone. Overall a tasty and juicy wine with Mod+ length. Well made. 4 ½ stars.


TIKI Wairau Apline Valley SB Marlborough 2010 13%

N: Fruity and floral with sweet mineral water and wet stone aromas, then a mix of softly sweet herb (basil and sage) and ripe citrus then a touch of gooseberry. P: Dry, youthful, piercing acidity balanced by sound fruit weight and ripeness. A distinctive ginger note and touch of phenolic broadens the palate. Dry finiah with a touch of citrus pith, Med length, Med complexity and good texture. 3 ½ stars.


TIKI Pinot Noir ‘08 Central Otago 13.5%

N: A Central Otago Pinot Noir nose – wild thyme, undergrowth and crumbly schist soil notes combine with dark red cherry and wood spices of cedar and light incense. P: Dry, spicy – cedar and cinnamon then dark cherry, ripe cranberry and craisin and sweet baking spices. Long wood spice and fruit finish. Med bodied with moderate impact smooth tannins - a very easy drink. Well made. 3 ½ stars.

Bobs Wine Reviews | 85/100                                           

Tiki Single Vineyard and Estate Wines Marlborough NZ Sauvignon Blanc 2009

Weighty Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc with gooseberry, lemon grass and aromatic herb flavours. A wine of subtelty and charm with a lengthy, linear finish. find out more


Winestate Magazine | Recent Releases – Michael Cooper

Tiki Single Vineyard and Estate Wines Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2009

★★★★ - Grown in the Wairau Valley, this finely textured wine from McKean Estates is fresh and full-bodied, with excellent delicacy and depth of ripe gooseberry/lime flavours and a well-rounded finish.



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