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Valli Gibston Vineyard Pinot Noir 2016

Super sophisticated, with supple lush tannins. Lovely florals with a savoury earthy edge, great balance with beautiful acidity

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+
$81.00

Available on backorder

Why is this Wine so Yummy?

Gibbston Vineyard

Valli’s estate vineyard in Gibbston is planted at 4050 vines/ha and cropped at only1kg/vine to ensure perfect ripeness. The first vineyard in the valley to be planted in the true north-to-south direction, it maximises the amount of sunlight hours the vines receive, contributing dramatically to the uniform ripening of fruit, a critical factor in Pinot Noir quality. The vineyard soils are mainly schist derived, windblown alluvial loess. The topsoil is between .5 and 1m deep over free draining gravels that allow the vine roots to easily access water and nutrients. Gibbston, one of the coolest sub regions of Otago, has one of the slowest ripening seasons. A key factor in quality Pinot Noir from such a cool area is long hang time, that is, the amount of time the grapes are on the vine; this allows them to develop elegance and complexity of flavour. Sometimes our Gibbston Vineyard is not picked until early May.

92 Points

2016 Valli Gibbston Vineyard Pinot Noir


A nose of wild herbs and flowers to this fragrant, elegant pinot noir with red fruits, plenty of spice and gently peppery herbs. Some stony notes too. On the palate there is a vibrant surge of acidity that delivers tart, mouth-watering cherry fruit. Fine, taut and tidy. Drink now. Screw cap.

Nick Stock

Elegant

Super sophisticated, with supple lush tannins. Lovely florals with a savoury earthy edge, great balance with beautiful acidity drinking well.

Paul Kaan - Chief Wine Hacker Wine Decoded

Where in the world does the magic happen?

Valli Vineyards Gibbston Highway, Gibbston, New Zealand

New Zealand

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Central Otago

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