Alpine Valley Sauvignon Blanc 2014 and Tiki Chardonnay 2014

05-Dec-2014
It’s a case of something old and something new with two new 2014 vintage releases from Tiki Wine & Vineyard. The inland Upper Wairau Valley vineyards in Marlborough are the company’s main source of fruit for the wines, and most the Tiki, Maui and Alpine Valley brands have been based primarily on this supply since the first crops in 2009. In a sense it’s old hat for a new business with only 5 vintages under its belt, and it shows in the consistency of the wines, such as the new bottling of the Alpine Valley Sauvignon Blanc. However, Tiki is releasing a Hawke’s Bay Chardonnay from 2014, introducing a new foray for the company. Tiki’s winemaker Evan Ward is very familiar with Chardonnay fruit from Hawke’s Bay, so it will be very interesting following the developments, as I understand there are other bottlings of the variety still to be releasedhttp://www.tikiwine.com. Here I review the two wines, one with some history, the other a newcomer. www.tikiwine.com

FEATURED WINES IN THIS REVIEW

  • Alpine Valley Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2014
  • Tiki ‘Estate’ Hawke’s Bay Chardonnay 2014

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