Valli Vineyards Waitaki Pinot Noir 2014

Central Otago
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£49.95 per bottle
Only 3 in stock

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366 cases produced.  

19 Points - 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. 

Taste & Aroma

Score:19

Exclusive to The Vinorium

366 cases produced.  

19 Points - 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.

Raymond Chan

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Zalto Denk-Art Burgundy Glass

The Zalto Burgundy glass is recommended for all Pinot Noirs, designed almost specifically for Pinot’s delicate aromas. The aromas of Pinot Noir are often the most delicate, but when revealed can be the most enticing and pretty. The Zalto Burgundy glass is the widest of all the Zalto glasses providing the largest surface area for wine. This allows for rapid aeration, revealing all of the delicate spice, herb, floral, earth and berry aromas to be maximized. The narrower rim holding these aromas for an unparalleled experience of the elegant subtleties. The Zalto Burgundy is also very good for Nebbiolo, especially Barolo.

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"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."

 

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.

Region

Central Otago

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. It’s New Zealands most famous region for pinot noir, located inland, and home to some of the world’s most southerly vineyards, Central Otago’s climate enjoys some continentality at its highest vineyards with very cold nights helping to preserve essential freshness in the grapes. Akitu’s vineyards are some of New Zealands highest altitude, Akitu literally being the Mauri translation for the word summit. Central Otago has several well-known sub-regions including Bannockburn, the warmest part of the region and home to Felton Road who create several single vineyard expressions of pinot noir. Valli Vineyards are owned by winemaker Garant Taylor, a man who has been an instrumental part of Central Otago’s wine industry since its very beginning. Valli produce four distinct pinot noirs, each from a different sub-region, Gibbston, Bannockburn, Bendigo and Waitaki, highlighting the unique differences between each of their character.

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