Valli Waitaki  Vineyard Pinot Noir

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."

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Awards and Reviews

Supple and bright with some juicy fruit, nice sweet herby notes and a bit of greenness. Silky and drinkable with real finesse and purity. 94/100 Jamie Goode, Wine Anorak

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2014

"An intriguing fragrance of lilac, rose, strawberries, cassis, and Oolong tea with a hint of smoked bacon. The powerful acid core drives the wine and gives energy to the flavours of red fruit, mulberry, and white pepper. The tannins are intricately fine and give great length to the flavors. This is an ethereal wine that will live long in the moment and also endure the test of time."

Awards and Reviews

  • 91+ Points – Stephen Tanzer
  • 93 Points – Cameron Douglas MS
  • 5 Stars – Sam Kim
  • 5 Stars – Raymond Chan
  • 4 1/2 Stars – Michael Cooper

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2013

“Violet, exotic spices, pretty floral and herbal notes, white pepper with a hint of smokey bacon barrell-derived complexity. Very silky, sinewy mouthfeel, with an acid core that gives the wine energy and drives flavour. This is a classic Waitaki Pinot: bright, alive, with very fine tannins and incredible length of flavour.”

Awards and Reviews

  • 91 Points - Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate
  • 5 Stars – Raymond Chan
  • 5 Stars, 95 Points – Sam Kim, Wine Orbit
  • 95 Points – Bob Campbell MW
  • 4 1/2 Stars – Michael Cooper

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2012

“Very dark violet: this is quite dense colour for a Waitaki Pinot Noir. Open, fragrant, pretty aromatics: roses, spices, coffee, toast and dusty oak. Silky texture with fine tannins, acid and fruit woven into one very long sinewy mouth feel. This is a classic Waitaki Pinot with each part vying for dominance. It is pure harmony with tension.”

Awards and Reviews

  • 96 Points, James Suckling
  • 5 Stars, 94 Points – Sam Kim, Wine Orbit
  • 5 Stars, 19.0-/20 – Raymond Chan
  • Top 12 Otago Pinot Noirs – Nick Stock, Gourmet Traveller WINE
  • 92 Points – Bob Campbell MW

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2011

“In the Waitaki Valley’s cooler summer and frost-free autumn, the grapes benefit from extended “hang time” and produce wines with fine, ripe, integrated tannins and incredible length of flavour. They consistently highlight the elegant minerality and “weightlessness” attributed to limestone soils.”

Awards and Reviews

  • 91+ Points – Lisa Perotti-Brown, eRobertParker.com
  • 90 (+?) Points – Stephen Tanzer, September 2013
  • 90 Points – Burghound.com
  • 5 Stars – Cameron Douglas MS
  • 4 1/2 Stars – Sam Kim, Wine Orbit

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2010

“The most savoury aromatics of Valli’s four Single Vineyard Pinot Noirs. Dark berry fruit, exotic spice and dried herb notes with complexity from toasted barrels as well as the region’s earthy mineral notes. Dense, silky textured and with concentration not previously seen in the Waitaki. This vintage shows darker, more brooding berry fruits, yet still retains savoury mineral notes, flavour-carrying acidity and lovely gentle tannins. Often not pickeduntil mid-May in this cooler climate, it is easy to see the benefit of a very long hang time.”

Awards and Reviews

  • 91+ Points – Lisa Perotti-Brown, eRobertParker.com
  • 91 Points – Stephen Tanzer
  • 94 Points – Jamie Goode, Wine Anorak
  • Top 50 NZ Pinot Noirs – Tim Atkin, MW
  • 5 Stars – Raymond Chan
  • 5 Stars – Sam Kim

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2009

“The most savoury aromatics of Valli’s three Pinot Noirs. Sweet earth and white pine mushroom, with some pretty floral, dried herb notes and red berry fruit in the background. Often not picked until mid-May, in this cooler climate the grapes benefit from a very long hang time, producing wines with fine tannins, incredible length and a chef’s dream firm acid backbone.”

Awards and Reviews

  • 5 Stars – Raymond Chan, October 2011
  • 5 Stars – Warren Barton, February 2012
  • 90 Points – Stephen Tanzer, September 2011
  • 4 1/2 Stars – Sam Kim, Wine Orbit, January 2012

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2008

"The Waitaki Valley in North Otago is New Zealand’s newest, and one of its most exciting wine producing regions.The soils, like those of Burgundy are limestone based and like the more limestone rich parts of Burgundy the Waitaki Valley produces quite ethereal Pinot Noirs.The renowned American Wine writer Steven Tanzer has described them as having the “delicacy and weightlessness that comes from limestone rich soils”. We couldn’t agree more and often use the term “lightness of being” in relation to the best Waitaki Pinots as there is serious substance to them yet they are light and lively on the palate. They have amazingly perfumed aromatics; talc, crushed limestone, dried herb, spice and red berry fruit. Often not picked till mid May the grapes benefit from a long “hang time” before harvest producing wines with very fine, ripe integrated tannins and incredible length of flavour.Valli has been producing wines from the Waitaki since 2004, we have seen a consistency in style and sense of place across all vintages indicating it has what’s needed to be recognized as one of the world’s great wine regions."

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2006

Nose: Very open and perfumed aromatics, raspberry fruit with dusty/earthy herb notes in the background Palate: Waitaki Pinot Noirs are not about impact or density, they are “lightness of being.” This wine has clear acidity which keeps the wine light on the palate but delivers great length, carrying raspberry fruit flavours and minerality on for what seems like forever.

Awards and Reviews

91 Points, Stephen Tanzer, Sep/Oct 07:

“Good full red. Slightly high-toned, perfumed aromas of cherry, cinnamon and mace, with hints of exotic spices. Suave on entry, then sappy and silky, with a fine-grained texture, subtle flavours of raspberry, spices and minerals, and a very long, smooth finish. This pinot has a delicacy and weightlessness that come from limestone-rich soils.”

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2004

The Waitaki Valley is New Zealand's newest and potentially most exciting Pinot Noir producing region. Located inland North Otago on limestone soils, this wine shows the Waitaki is already producing complex savoury Pinot Noirs that reflect their origin.