For all our readers we will now be bringing you regular full profiles from Wine behind the label with our ratings and price guides. This is one of the winery profiles for December included in the just published 11th digital edition edition 2020, which should give a small idea of what to look for with the guide, which can be purchased itself or included (virtually free) as part of an annual membership package.In this profile David assesses one of Otago’s top Pinot Noir producers.
>> Valli Vineyards (Central Otago)
This fine Central Otago project was established in 1997 by Otago veteran Grant Taylor. The winery is named after his great great Grandfather and aims to emphasise and build on Central Otago’s subregional diversity. In 2015 he was joined by winemaker Jen Parr. Single vineyard Pinot Noir is made as well as Chardonnay, Pinot Gris and Riesling with a base around their close planted vineyard in Gibbston.
Valli Bendigo vines
As well as the wines rated here there Pinot Noir examples from the Bendigo Vineyard, theWaitaki Vineyard as well as the Burn Cottage Vineyard. Both the Bannockburn and Gibbston Vineyard wines come from a similarly low yield of 3 to 4 tons per hectare and are similarly vinified with up to four weeks on skins during and after fermentation and ageing for 11 months in one third new barrels. Fairly conventional but effectivePinot Noir winemaking. Gibbston comes from a marginally cooler climate and is an edgier style, the Bannockburn Vineyard is a touch warmer and the wine has more obvious dark fruits. (DM)
Pinot Noir Bannockburn Vineyard ★★★★ £E
Pinot Noir Gibbston Vineyard ★★★★ £E
Ownership and Contact
Address: 2330 Gibbston Highway, RD 1 Queenstown 9371
Tel: 03 428 2971
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