2015 Valli Gibbston Vineyard Pinot Noir
Bright garnet colour with rose petals, red cherry, doris plum and baking spice on the nose. A long and highly aromatic palate with layers of delicious red fruit, rosemary, wild thyme and an earthiness that compliments the enchanting florals. This is a worldly Pinot Noir with great length, fine tannins, vibrant acidity and noble power. Its unique character sings harmoniously of its Gibbston origins, a tiny place that produces exceptional wine that is enjoyed young and will also continue to develop for many years to come.
2015 Valli Bannockburn Vineyard Pinot Noir
This vintage is exceptionally fragrant with beautiful wild flowers, thyme and lilac woven through bright red fruit, cinnamon and cedar. A palate with incredible energy; red cherry and raspberry are the gateway to a round and creamy mid palate with long, silky tannins and vibrant acidity that gives the wine length and memory. This wine is drinking beautifully at release and will continue to do so for at least a decade.
2015 Valli Bendigo Vineyard Pinot Noir
Brilliant purple/garnet hue with aromas of crushed raspberry, boysenberry, mulberry and vanilla. Richly concentrated on the palate with creamy, fine tannins that build in the mouth. Lifted fresh berry flavours and juicy acidity give the wine vibrance that marries beautifully with its prominent frame. A powerful pinot noir that exudes modern charm but at its core remains a classic. Fresh and inviting in its youth, the underlying structure will also reward cellaring.
2015 Valli Waitaki Vineyard Pinot Noir
Light garnet hue with sweet and savoury aromas of fresh lilac, dried plum, wild strawberry, cumin and manuka-smoked bacon. The charming florals, intriguing spice and red/dried fruit flavours layer wonderfully with the limey acidity that drives the wine and the silky fine tannins that create a beautiful round and mouth-filling texture. Forever ethereal, Waitaki Pinot is unique: bridging the energy of new world pinot noir with the form and shape of classic old world pinot noir. An intriguing wine that is lithe and fragrant in its youth with savoury notes that will continue to unfold with age.
2014 Valli Burn Cottage Vineyard Pinot Noir
Ted Lemon & Claire Mulholland of Burn Cottage have both been friends of mine for almost as long as I can remember. Ted, I first met in Burgundy in 1984. As far as I know, he was the first foreign winemaker in a very traditional part of the French wine industry. He was an inspiration in realizing there are no boundaries; anything is possible in the world of wine. Since then, we have worked closely together at Chateau Waltner in Napa Valley and Archery Summit Winery in Oregon.
Claire & I worked side by side in the early days at Gibbston Valley Wines. We shared the joy of being the first winemakers to see fruit from many different Central Otago sites, made the first wines for a number of today’s iconic Central Otago brands and were on one of the steepest learning curves in winemaking history. When a discussion with Ted & Claire turned to the possibility of exchanging fruit as a way of gaining further understanding of our own sites, and of course having the pleasure of working with each other again, there was only one answer: YES!
This is Valli’s first wine from the Burn Cottage vineyard in Lowqburn. It has lifted aromas of wild strawberry, Otago cherry, rosemary, vanilla and cardamon spice with a sweet earthy note. A vibrant wine with pure red fruit flavors that dance in the glass. Well balanced with a distincly creamy texture that lingers long on the palate.
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2015 Valli Gibbston Pinot Gris
Nashi pear and granny smith apple on the nose with a hint of vanilla and raw almond. The barrel component gives a creaminess to the mid-palate with layers of fruit flavors: lime cordial, pears and white peaches. A vibrant vein of acidity runs throughout the palate giving the wine drive and length - it almost seems to dance in the glass. This style of Pinot Gris is great for food pairing and will also reward cellaring.
2013 Valli Waitaki Riesling
“Bursting with floral stone fruit notes: white peach, nectarine and honeysuckle. A little residual sweetness makes entry on the palate rich and full, but this is immediately reigned in by the region’s characteristic acidity. The palate becomes a battle for dominance between acidity and sweetness, which seems to go on forever carrying flavours with it. In true Waitaki style, this wine is all about tension and balance.”
- Grant Taylor
Awards and Reviews
5 Stars, 94 Points – Sam Kim, Wine Orbit
95 Points – Bob Campbell MW
4 1/2 Stars – Charmian Smith, Otago Daily Times
4 1/2 Stars – Michael Cooper
4 Stars, 18+/20 – Raymond Chan
2014 Valli Late Harvest Riesling
“Floral, spice, rose, orange blossom and apricot aromas. Rich, round and sweet on the palate with complex, ripe citrus flavours. Perfectly balanced acidity reigns in the residual sugar. The mid-harvest rains in the Waitaki brought with them a classic botrytis infection, most notably and desirably in the Riesling. As they say, ‘every cloud has it’s silver lining’: this wine is it.” -Grant Taylor
Awards and Reviews
95 Points – Bob Campbell
5 Stars – Michael Cooper