Valli Bannockburn Vineyard Pinot Noir 2016

Bannockburn steps up the richness. An extra layer of structure comes in to play. Dark fruits is tamed by an edge of spicey stalk tannin and freshening acid.

I was ploughing through a heap of Pinot a year ago. Time after time I found promise, yet most of the wines were missing those little things that take a wine from good to great. Clearly quality fruit, balanced wine, fresh, then something would stick out, a little problem with reduction or a hard edge of tannin, more critically a clear separation of flavours and aromas.

Then four Pinot from Valli hit the tasting bench. Boom! There it was, the missing links, harmony, seamless complexity, individuality, the little leap out of the glass saying “Drink Me”. And, the textures, yup, you guessed it, excellent.

A year later Valli’s 2016’s are true to philosophy.

$77ea in any 3+, 73ea in any 6+

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Why is this Wine so Yummy?

Bannockburn Vineyard

The location of Valli’s Bannockburn Vineyard is only 20km from Gibbston in the Cromwell basin but the difference in climate is responsible for creating markedly different wines. The Bannockburn wines reflect this warmer area by displaying darker fruits, by being denser, more powerful and with longevity based more on their tannin structure, as opposed to Gibbston wines which are based more on their acidity. The soils are also windblown loess over gravelly schist but with sandier, deeper topsoil, which allows for free draining. Climate, rather than soil, attributes to the main difference in the wines.

93 Points

2016 Valli Bannockburn Vineyard Pinot Noir

This has impressive depth of fruit as well as fragrant top line perfume. The oak spice suits the dark cherry and sweet earthiness. On the palate there is a punchy frame of tannins that draws tight and fresh through the finish thanks to bracing acidity. Drink now. Screw cap.

Nick Stock


The Bannockburn steps up the richness factor with an extra layer of structure coming in to play. A core of dark fruits is tamed by an edge of spicey stalk tannin and freshening acid. Needs a year or two to settle.

Paul Kaan - Chief Wine Hacker Wine Decoded

Where in the world does the magic happen?

Valli Vineyards Gibbston Highway, Gibbston, New Zealand

New Zealand


Central Otago