Valli Vineyards Gibbston Pinot Noir 2014

Central Otago
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£49.95 per bottle
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916 cases produced.  

19.5 Points - 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. 

Taste & Aroma

Score:19

916 cases produced.  

19.5 Points - 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.

Raymond Chan

Producer

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.

Read - The Wine Industries Preference to Felton Road

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Region

Central Otago is a beautiful and powerful place situated on the South Island of New Zealand with land dominated by rivers and mountains and shaped by glaciers. Part of the Otago region, the climate here goes from one extreme to the other and is the coldest yet driest part of the country which allows for a deep concentration of fruit flavours in the grapes. In this region vines are planted in desert conditions, however the plethora of rivers running through make it ideal for vineyard irrigation. Riesling, Pinot Gris and Pinot Noir all grow incredibly well in this area.

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