Valli Gibbston Vineyard Pinot Noir

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."



  • 95/100 - Jamie Goode, Wine Anorak: "Fine, expressive nose with spicy highlights alongside fresh raspberries and cherries. Very pure with lovely plum fruit. Bright, expressive and pure with nice weight."
  • 5 Stars - Michael Cooper, Winestate Magazine
  • Named in the Fine Wines of New Zealand List, 2017
  • 5 Stars, 96/100 points - Sam Kim, Wine Orbit
  • 19.0/100 points - Raymond Chan



"A classic Pinot fragrance of violets and rose petals accentuated by bright red fruits and garrigue spices. Savoury undertones of earthy loam and cedar add to the intensity of the finish. Balanced and concentrated with fresh acidity that is framed by ripe and silky tannins, this wine offers great cellaring potential as well as youthful enjoyment."

Awards and Reviews

  • 5 Stars – Michael Cooper
  • 92 Points – Stephen Tanzer
  • 92 Points – Cameron Douglas MS
  • 5 Stars – Raymond Chan
  • 5 Stars – Sam Kim



“Violet. Fresh, sweet, earthy loam. Broad, perfumed red berry fruit, with toffee notes. Bright juicy acidity with long earthy and red berry flavours. This wine has the hallmark fine, ripe tannins characteristic of Gibbston, and like all of the Valli 2013 Pinot Noirs, it has great cellaring potential.”

Awards and Reviews

  • 5 Stars – Raymond Chan
  • 5 Stars – Michael Cooper
  • 5 Stars, 97 Points – Sam Kim, Wine Orbit
  • Judge’s Top 10 – Metro Magazine’s Top 100 Wines
  • 94 Points – Bob Campbell MW



“Dark violet. Deep, dark toasty notes, toffee, violets, red berry fruit, and mint; there is so much going on in the nose, with a touch of reduction adding another layer of complexity and mystery. Broad as well as long, the fruit weight and flavours are mouth filling with acid, tannin and flavour in balance. This wine is seamless on the palate. My favourite of our 2012 Pinot Noirs.”

Awards and Reviews

  • 5 Stars, 97 Points – Sam Kim, Wine Orbit
  • 5 Stars, 19.0/20 – Raymond Chan
  • 5 Stars, 95/100 – Bob Campbell,
  • 93 Points, James Suckling
  • 95 Points, Gourmet Traveller WINE
  • 94 Points, Jamie Goode, Wine Anorak
  • Top 100 Wines – Metro Magazine
  • 4 1/2 Stars – Charmian Smith, Otago Daily Times



“The most westerly, and one of the cooler Otago sub-regions. Gibbston Pinot Noirs are revered for their silky palate, length of flavour and age-worthiness, easily improving for 15 or more years. This wine has seductive floral, perfume and spice aromatics, with an elegant long mouth feel and bright acidity.”

Awards and Reviews

  • 94 Points, Prince of Pinot
  • 93 Points, James Suckling
  • Gold Medal, TexSom International Wine Awards
  • Top 10 New Zealand Pinot Noirs, Will Lyons, Wall Street Journal Europe
  • 5 Stars – Michael Cooper, March 2013
  • 5 Stars – Raymond Chan, March 2013
  • 5 Stars, 93 Points – Bob Campbell MW, April 2013
  • 5 Stars, 94 Points – Sam Kim, Wine Orbit, May 2013
  • 5 Stars – Cameron Douglas MS
  • Top 7 New Zealand Reds of the Year, Rebecca Gibb
  • 91 (+?) Points – Stephen Tanzer
  • 91+ – Lisa Perotti-Brown,
  • 89 Points, Burghound



"Winemaker Grant Taylor describes this vintage as “taking Gibbston to a place it’s never been before”. Beautifully perfumed aromatics: floral in nature, and reminiscent of violets, ripe red berry and cherry fruit.Concentrated core of berry fruit flavours wrapped around bright acidity and very fine, ripe tannins. This vintage is Gibbston showing power, concentration, finesse and beauty all at the same time."

Awards and Reviews

  • Bouchard Finlayson Trophy – Best Pinot Noir,
  • 2012 International Wine & Spirits Competition, London
  • Cuisine Magazine Top 5 Best Pinot Noirs
  • Top 50 NZ Pinot Noirs – Tim Atkin, MW
  • 5 Stars – Raymond Chan
  • 5 Stars – Sam Kim, Wine Orbit
  • 5 Stars – John Saker
  • 94 Points – Jamie Goode, Wine Anorak
  • 90+ Points – Lisa Perotti-Brown,



Winemaker Grant Taylor describes this 2009 as “quintessential Gibbston” and possibly his best Pinot Noir to date. Highly perfumed with layers of aromatics, sweet earth, and dried herb spiciness, hints of floral violet and red fruits. Concentrated with long silky texture and flavours wrapped around a bright acid core, balanced by very fine ripe tannins. Consistency through palate, length and perfect balance define this wine.

Awards and Reviews

  • 5 Stars – Raymond Chan, October 2011
  • 5 Stars – John Saker
  • 5 Stars – Warren Barton, February 2012
  • 91-93 Points – Stephen Tanzer, September 2011
  • 4 1/2 Stars – Sam Kim, Wine Orbit, January 2012
  • 4 1/2 Stars – Michael Cooper
  • Peter’s Picks, Hospitality Magazine, January 2012



“...Good example of Gibbston Pinot shows amazingly seductive perfume and elegant mouthfeel, and this beauty shows just that. The nose is ripe and fragrant displaying red/black cherry, spice, mushroom and a touch of dried herb characters. It’s beautifully fruited on the palate showing silky texture and grainy tannins, flavours are seamlessly fused and shows excellent poise and balance".

Awards and Reviews

  • Gold Medal, London International Wine Competition
  • 91 Points, Wine Enthusiast, May 2010
  • 93 Points, 5 Stars – Sam Kim, Wine Orbit July 2010
  • 4 Stars Winestate, November - December 2010



"Bright raspberry, cherry, cola fruit, exotic spices with a hint of toasty barrel in the background. Silky, supple texture wrapped around a core of bright acidity waving seamlessly through the palate. A broad range of flavours adding to the wine's complexity and length."



2006 Valli Gibbston Vineyard Pinot NoirLayered spice, cedar and violet aromatics. Palate: Long silky textured mouth feel supported by a structure of bright acidity. This is the core and backbone which is complimented by the red fruits, dried tarragon, thyme and seasoned spices. Gibbston’s length of flavour and longevity is due to this bright acidity whereas Bannockburn Pinots live more on their tannins.

Awards and Reviews

Wine Spectator, 92 points, Top 2006 New Zealand Pinot Noir, May 2008

“Stylish and focused, with black cherry, wild berry, spice and mineral. Intense stone flavours weave through the fruit. 92 points.”

Wine Advocate, 92 Points, May 2008

“The 2006 Gibbston Vineyard PN is evidence that Grant knows this land better than many, exhibiting an engaging, savoury-tinged nose with admirable concentration on the palate that is suffused with both texture and tension.”

Cuisine Magazine, 5 Stars, Top Three 2006 Pinot Noirs, November 2007

“A more masculine style, beautifully put together, with an alluring violet-tinged aroma and black fruit richness.”

5 Stars, Michael Cooper’s Buyers Guide to New Zealand Wines 2008

“Deeply coloured, finely scented and supple, with rich cherry and plum flavours, beautifully ripe, fresh and vibrant. It’s a classy, complex wine with excellent harmony and length.”

91 points, Stephen Tanzer, RO Imports, Sept/Oct 2007

“Good deep, bright red. Wild blackberry, minerals and exotic spices on the captivating nose complicated by dried herbs and flowers, no doubt due to the inclusion of some whole clusters. Sappy, spicy, sweet and concentrated, with pungent, chewy flavors of blackberry, exotic spices, orange peel and minerals…”



Colour: Vibrant Bright Ruby

Nose: Lifted red berry fruits entwined with exotic perfumed spice notes. Very seductive and generous.

Mouth: Supple, concentrated, and very textural upon entry. Perfectly balanced acidity and very fine tannin structure support the wines richness. It has great length of flavour, with red berry, tamarillo and spice carried all the way through the palate. This is classic Gibbston Pinot Noir showing the finesse, elegance, and length that makes Burgundy famous.

Wine Spectator Reviews

90 Points - Valli Gibbston Central Otago Pinot Noir 2005

Offers up fragrant, lithe array of cinnamon, black plum, cherry and fresh herb flavors. Cedary oak and a solid structure shape the intense finish with lingering minerality. Drink now through 2010.


This classic Gibbston Pinot Noir has a perfumed floral, spice and dried herb nose. In the mouth it has the region's hallmarks of finesse, power and great lengths of flavours. The inherent fine tannin structure of Gibbston makes the wines extremely enjoyable when young as well as giving them aging potential.


"Gibbston Vineyard is richly coloured, enticingly scented and drenched with cherry plum and spice flavour, ripe and supple."

Michael Cooper ~ Star Times