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Valli Waitaki Vineyard Pinot Noir 2016

Pinot Noir from North Otago, New Zealand


$77ea in any 3+
$73ea in any 6+
Closure: Cork
Savoury,hints of black tea, mandarin peel, expressive perfume lifts out of the glass. Great length & depth. Fresh vibrant fruit & supple tannins.


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.

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Why is this Wine so Yummy?

Waitaki Vineyard

New Zealand’s newest and most exciting wine growing region where, like Burgundy, the soils are limestone based. After only a few commercial vintages, we are already seeing incredible consistency in the perfume and minerality of the wines. Slightly cooler than Central Otago, the Waitaki Valley should not be cropped as heavily, and therefore Valli’s Waitaki Vineyard is close planted at 5000 vines per hectare with early ripening clones from Dijon and Pommard.

92 Points

2016 Valli Waitiaki Vineyard Pinot Noir

A cooler and more herbal expression of pinot noir from North Otago's limestone-studded soils. This has a thread of light red cherry fruit with a tart, lattice-like palate. Acidity zips it up neatly at the finish. Drink now. Screw cap.

Nick Stock


Savoury, with hints of black tea, mandarin peel, a lovely expressive perfume lifts out of the glass. Great length and depth. Fresh vibrant fruit and supple tannins.

Paul Kaan - Chief Wine Hacker Wine Decoded

Where in the world does the magic happen?

Valli Vineyards Gibbston Highway, Gibbston, New Zealand

North Otago
New Zealand