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  • From Grant Taylor, 4x Best Pinot Noir Trophy at the London IWC.
  • Made to showcase the warm climate characters of Bannockburn.
  • Gold Medal - New Zealand International Wine Show

Tasting Notes

Colour Crimson
Nose Aromatics balanced between power and poise showcase wild florals, along with plump berries, violets and wood smoke.
Palate An energetic palate with bright cherry, raspberry and savoury undertones. The beautifully interwoven , silken tannins complement the vibrant acidity to provide a bright and memorable finish.
Food Pairing Glazed ham & pomegranate salad.
Cellaring 10-15 Years
Notes Valli's Bannockburn wines reflect the warm climate of the area by displaying darker fruits, by being denser, more powerful and with longevity based more on their tannin structure, as opposed to Gibbston wines 20km away, which are based more on their acidity.
Variety Pinot Noir
Body Medium - Full Bodied
Oak Type French Oak
Vintage 2016
Region Bannockburn
Country New Zealand
Sustainability None
Alcohol 13.8%
Bottle Size 750ml (Bottle)
Closure Stelvin
In the words of Grant Taylor, the pioneering winemaker of Valli, “When you drink a Valli wine you are enjoying more than just a wine, you are experiencing a place.” True to his words, the wines of Valli are well known in the wine world; Taylor has been awarded three times for ‘Best Pinot Noir’ at one of the world’s largest wine competitions in London.

Located in New Zealand’s Central Otago on the South Island, Valli is named after Taylor’s great-great grandfather who immigrated from New Zealand from an Italian winemaking background. The winery was established in 1998, with a keen focus on creating wines that highlight the diversity among Otago’s subregions, a task Grant has taken on with considerable results.

The winery is based around the close-planted estate vineyard in Gibbston and produces a dry Riesling from vines in the Alexandra basin, and a botrytised Riesling, Dolce Vita, from Lowburn fruit. Valli also makes a range of impressive single-vineyard Pinot Noirs from the Otago subregions of Bannockburn, Bendigo and Waitaki Valley.
Bannockburn is home to the biggest names in Central Otago Pinot Noir and is warmer than the cooler Gibbston Valley.
Bob Campbell MW
Aromatic pinot noir with a lifted, floral aroma together with sweet cherry, raspberry, violet and spice flavours. A supple, elegant wine, with a silken texture and lengthy finish. Bright, fresh and accessible. Very appealing. Drink 2017 to 2023
Raymond Chan
Even ruby-red colour with slight purple hues, lighter edged. The nose is elegant with fragrant and ethereal aromas of dark-red berry fruits. The aromatics build in richness, intensity and depth, showing dark herb nuances and subtle whole bunch stalk elements. The aromatics are softly packed and combine savoury complexities with floral perfumes, unfolding nutty and slightly cedary oak. Medium-full bodied, the palate is rich and broad, and gently mouthfilling with flavours of sweetly ripe dark-red berry fruit along with an amalgam of dark herbs, soft whole bunch stalk notes, and nutty, lifted oak with cedar suggestions. The fruit sweetness is enhanced by lacy acidity and underlined by fine-grained powdery tannin extraction. This has a serious structure and the wine flows with a lovely balance of fruit richness and grip to an elegant, lingering finish. This is a gently rich, mouthfilling Pinot Noir with sweet, dark-red berry fruit, subtle herb and whole bunch detail, and sweet, nutty, cedary oak on a fine-grained palate. Match with wild duck and pork over the next 7-9+ years. Clones 117, 777, 113, 10/5 and 13 from Bannockburn, vines planted in 2000, fermented with 34% whole bunches to 14.0% alc., the wine spending 27 days on skins and aged 11 months in 31% new French oak. 650 dozen made.


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