New Zealand summers have plenty of heat and sunshine, but it’s at nightfall when the magic really happens. When the sun dips below the horizon and takes its warm kiss away from the islands, the temperatures quickly drop, and we are reminded of NZ’s secluded geographical location in the Southern Ocean. It is this unique geographic positioning that gives NZ one of the longest grape growing seasons on earth which is so special to the creation of Tiki wines. Cold night-time temperatures help to capture the elegant acidity and the unmistakable zesty flavours and fragrances that are the hallmarks of Tiki’s range.
The Tiki whãnau (Family) are an indigenous New Zealand wine producer committed to sustainable winegrowing. Founder Royce McKean’s family has been living and farming in New Zealand (Aotearoa) for hundreds of years. They care for their vines under the guiding Māori principles of Kaitiakitanga: guardianship, protection and preservation of the earth.
Tiki take their Mãori heritage very seriously and are one of the founding members of TUKU, the world’s first Māori winemakers collective. Together, TUKU cover all of New Zealand’s main winemaking regions and, through the collective, their aim is to strengthen indigenous winemaking as a whole.
Award winning winemaker, Matt Connell, joined the Tiki winery in 2020 and has overseen the transition to Tiki’s Single Vineyard wines.
Tiki is certified sustainable and cares for their land sustainably in a number of ways. They use lambs to graze the vineyards in the winter, and over the years they have used various methods to enrich the vineyard soils, including liquid seaweed, molasses and beneficial bacteria and fungi for ground drenching. They have a strong focus on re-using and maximise recycling opportunities wherever possible, as a company they strive to ensure all of their actions have the long term interest of the land at heart.
Maui takes its name from the Maori demigod who as legend tells us captured the sun and pulled New Zealand out of the sea. Maui was a great adventurer with an inquisitive nature and a fearless spirit. These attributes are at the very heart of New Zealander’s and the Maui wines. These wines are made in a very approachable, easy drinking style and are vibrant and refreshing.
Tiki’s Single Vineyard range is made with the very best parcels of hand-picked fruit selected from only the premium blocks on Tiki’s North Canterbury vineyard. Winemaker Matt Connell aims for purity and freshness and a food friendly style; he makes use of yeasts to enhance the flavours of the Single Vineyard range giving them a more generous weight and taste profile.
Koro is Maori for grandfather and this wine is named in honour of Royce McKean’s great-great-great-grandfather, Chief Tiki Tere Mihi. Koro Pinot Noir is Tiki’s most exclusive wine that has been individually hand-crafted from grapes harvested at optimum ripeness and made in very limited quantities.