Since the 1998 vintage, grapes from the two vineyards have won more than 40 national and international medals, including nine golds, and two trophies – the 1997 National Wine Show of Australia and the 1998 Air New Zealand Wine Awards.
Featured review: TW Chardonnay Viognier
:: Reviewed by: Mac Macpherson / Advintage.
TW Chardonnay Viognier is my new favourite summer wine. It’s simple. It’s delicious. I just grabbed two cases for home.
I like good simple wines. I always have. In a former life I used to go to Sydney every couple of weeks, and I fell in love with the cheap Chardonnay Semillons and Semillon Sauvignons we would drink in the waterfront restaurants there. They were simple wines for drinking. They went perfectly with grilled fish or oysters. And the seafood and wine both tasted better together than they tasted on their own.
Fast forward 15 years and Tietjen Witters Chardonnay Viognier is now firmly set as my summer quaffer of choice. I’m not usually a fan of unoaked Chardonnay – but the Viognier component (30%) adds silken viscosity and palate weight and a tangy apricot character that sits well with the peachiness of the Chardonnay.
It’s quirky – and this would definitely be a hard blend to pick in a blind tasting. It doesn’t really taste like Chardonnay. And it doesn’t really taste like Viognier. But who cares.
It’s not too serious. But I think it’s seriously good.
Some of our awards are listed below:
2013 Gisborne Regional Wine Awards | TW Botrytis Viognier 2008 | Trophy
2012 Easter Show Wine Awards | TW Merlot 2010 | Bronze medal
2012 Easter Show Wine Awards | TW Growers Chardonnay 2010 | Bronze medal
2011 Gisborne Regional Wine Awards | TW Estate Chardonnay 2010 | Overall White Varietals Selection
2010 NZ International Wine Show | TW Chardonnay 2009 | Bronze medal
2010 NZ International Wine Show | TW Chardonnay Viognier 2009 | Bronze medal
2010 NZ International Wine Show | TW Verdelho 2010 | Bronze medal
2009 Royal Easter Show Wine Awards | TW Chardonnay Growers Selection 2007 | Gold medal
2008 Royal Easter Show Wine Awards | TW Reserve Chardonnay (Black Label) 2006 | Bronze medal
2007 NZ International Wine Show | TW Viognier 2006 | Bronze medal
2007 NZ International Wine Show | TW Lilly 2007 | Bronze medal