The Wine Industries Preference to Felton Road

The Wine Industries Preference to Felton Road

"His wines are suffused with personality and charm and obviously has an acute understanding of what makes great Pinot Noir"

Robert Parker's Wine Advocate


Grant Taylor is as important to New Zealand winemaking as Freddie Mercury was to the music industry. Grant has produced the first vintages for many of the region’s most reputable wineries including Felton Road, Mt Difficulty, Bald Hills, Mount Edward, Carrick, Hawkshead, Mondillo, Perrigrine, Rockburn (aka Hay’s Lake). His accomplishments also include winning the Best Pinot Noir Trophy at the International Wine Competition an unprecedented three times – a feat achieved by no other winemaker in the world…

Since 1998 Grant has been the winemaker at one of New Zealand’s undisputed super-stars, Valli Vineyards, which has enjoyed an unparalleled level of success. Many believe (as we firmly do) Valli Vineyards produce consistently better wines than Felton Road. We acknowledge Felton Road enjoys the No:1 position however, many believe this is purely down to marketing and previous successes.

The aim at Valli is to produce single vineyard wines, which express their unique character of each Otago sub-region with clarity and absolute purity. Four distinctive Pinot Noirs are bottled under the following labels - Gibbston, Bannockburn, Bendigo and the newest on the map, Waitaki.

Whilst we eagerly await Grant’s new releases, we managed to secure the remaining parcels of the superb 2014’s. The quantities are truly miniscule and offered strictly on first-come-first-serve basis…

 

Valli Vineyards Gibbston Pinot Noir

Valli Vineyards Gibbston Pinot Noir 2014

916 cases produced

19.5 / 20 - Raymond Chan

Very dark, very deep, black-hued ruby-red colour with youthful purple tints, a little lighter on the rim. The nose is firmly concentrated with deep and intensely packed, fresh and vibrant aromas of dark-red berry and black cherry fruits melded with complexing layers of dark herbs and whole bunch stalk notes. The intensity and depth build in the glass. Medium-full bodied, the fruit flavours of dark-red berry and black cherry fruits are rich, ripe, lusciously sweet and vibrant and form an elegantly proportioned and deep core. Subtle dark herb and whole bunch stalk detail adds interest and complexity. The rich fruit is supported by very fine-grained tannin structure, with balancing fresh, lacy acidity. The palate is complete and flows with good energy to a long finish of black and dark red fruits entwined with herb elements. This is a rich and concentrated, vibrant and complete Pinot Noir with dark-red and black fruits, complexing detail and fine structure. Match with lamb, beef and venison over the next 6-8+ years.

£49.95 per bottle


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Valli Vineyards Bannockburn Pinot Noir

Valli Vineyards Bannockburn Pinot Noir 2014

441 cases produced

19- / 20 - Raymond Chan

Dark, deep, ruby-red colour with purple hues, a little lighter on the edge. This has a very full, soft, near-ethereal nose of savoury dark red berry fruits with suggestions of red-brown fruits along with earthy and dried herb layers harmoniously interwoven with subtle whole bunch stalk nuances. This is well-packed and blossoms with ease. Medium-full bodied, the palate features soft and fulsome flavours of rich and succulent savoury red berry fruits unfolding layers of earth and sweet cedar, dried herbs and nuances of whole bunch stalk hints. The mouthfeel is very harmonious and balanced with supple and fine-grained tannin structure supporting the sweet fruit. Soft acidity adds to the richness and rounded mouthfeel. The wine flows smoothly to a soft, long, blossoming finish of sweet red fruits and savoury complexities. This is a mouthfilling, harmonious and succulent, savoury, red fruited Pinot Noir with fine tannins and complexing layers. Match with Middle Eastern lamb and slow-cooked game meats over the next 6-8 years.

£49.95 per bottle


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Valli Vineyards Waitaki Pinot Noir

Valli Vineyards Waitaki Pinot Noir 2014

366 cases produced

19 / 20 - Raymond Chan

Even, dark ruby-red colour, a little lighter on the rim. This has a very fine and intensely concentrated, tightly bound nose of fragrant and aromatically piquant dark raspberry and cherry fruit lifted by black and dark-red florals and entwined with dark thyme herb and whole bunch stalk complexities, and nuances of black minerals. Medium-full bodied, the flavours of savoury dark raspberry fruit are interwoven with dark thyme herbs, dark red and violet florals and savoury whole bunch elements. The fruit is tightly bound, concentrated and penetrating, and supported by very fine-grained tannin extraction. The mouthfeel is fresh and lively with acid vitality, and the wine flows with excellent energy and tension. Complexing oak char, and minerally reductive suggestions emerge and carry to a very long, sustained, fine-textured, sweet finish. This is a very intense and concentrated Pinot Noir with aromatic dark raspberry fruit with fine, dark herb and mineral nuances, refined structure and a mouthwatering, vibrant palate. Match with pork and venison, and Mediterranean fare over the next 6-7+ years.

£49.95 per bottle


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Valli Vineyards Bendigo Pinot Noir

Valli Vineyards Waitaki Pinot Noir 2014

400 cases produced

19- / 20 - Raymond Chan

Dark, deep, ruby-red colour with slight black and purple hues. The nose is well-proportioned with tight and densely packed aromas of black berried and dark-red berry fruit, along with notes of liquorice, savoury herb and whole bunch stalk elements, iron-earth and black minerals. The nose is reserved and brooding. Medium-full bodied, the palate is full and concentrated with powerful and deep flavours of dark-red and black berried fruits entwined with liquorice, dark herbs, earth and black mineral nuances. The fruit is encased by significant tannin structure, the textures fine and flowery. The extraction grows in prominence, lending considerable mouthfeel and presence. Integrated acidity underlines the palate, and the flavours show restraint on the long, concentrated finish which reveals iron-earth and mineral nuances. This is a powerfully concentrated, brooding, black-fruited Pinot Noir with liquorice and mineral notes, and plenty of structure and grip. Match with game meat and casseroles, and hard cheeses. It will develop over the next 7-9+ years.

£49.95 per bottle


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Valli Vineyards Pinot Noir Mixed Case

Introductory Offer: £45.00 per bottle in our mixed case

• 1 x Bannockburn Pinot Noir

• 1 x Bendigo Pinot Noir

• 1 x Gibbston Pinot Noir

• 1 x Waitaki Pinot Noir

£180.00 per case of 4


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