Valli Pinot Noirs
Winery : Valli
Valli winemaker Grant Taylor aims to be invisible. A tall order one could say, given his big personality, bags of enthusiasm and legendary status in Otago. What he seeks is not to be noticed in a winemaking sense, letting each of the individual sites that makes up the four Valli Pinots - Gibbston, Bendigo*, Bannockburn and Waitaki - speak with clarity and uniqueness.
Winemaker Jen Parr shares the winemaking duties and philosophy. Her outstanding contribution was recognised in the award of Gourmet Traveller WINE NZ Winemaker of the Year 2020.
2016 Valli Bannockburn Pinot: This sub-region is considered by many to be the 'dress circle' of Central Otago. Valli Bannockburn is a complete and very serene Pinot, harmonious yet lively in the mouth, the flavours are everywhere.
2017 Valli Waitaki Pinot: Waitaki is in North Otago and is where Grant Taylor grew up. Brilliant ruby colour, wonderful clarity. "Tremendous energy... exciting aromatics... lithe..."
2016/17 Valli Gibbston Pinot: This is a cool sub-region of Central Otago. Deep ruby purple. The fruit is very focused and to the fore. "Silky, fine tannins and electric acidity..."
*Bendigo 2017 has now sold out.