99 Points
5 Stars Michael Cooper
5 Stars Raymond Chan

A ‘must have’ for any pinot noir enthusiast

  • Closure: Screw Cap
  • Unit: Each
  • Volume: 750ml
  • Alcohol: 13.5%
  • Grape: 100% Pinot Noir

$73.99 $65.99 elsewhere $73.99

Regions : Central Otago

A ‘must have’ for any pinot noir enthusiast

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Grant Taylor's Valli Pinot Noirs are brilliant expressions of Central Otago's sub-regions – Gibbston Valley, Bendigo, Bannockburn and Waitaki Valley. In 2016 the vintage was very generous and the wines are all standouts, but a favourite for us is this Gibbston Valley. When the conditions are good, the Gibbston Valley can be a super–star. The 2010 was a world beater and and a recent bottle we had was one of the best Pinot Noir experiences we've had in quite a while. This 2016 may even be better. This is one Pinot Noir that we consider a 'must' for the cellar! 

Winery notes (2016 Vintage)
"Rich garnet hue with aromas of rose petals, ripe cherry, mushroom, cardamom, and cedar on the nose. The palate has layers of bright red fruit (cherry, raspberry, and a hint of cranberry); dried herb (wild thyme, rosemary); and earthiness (mushroom, loam, cedar). Highly aromatic, richly concentrated and incredibly energetic – this Pinot Noir shows the amazing multi-faceted characters of Gibbston. Plenty of intrigue in its youth, this wine will continue to unravel and give tremendous enjoyment for many years."

5 Stars Michael Cooper (2016 Vintage)
"The refined 2016 vintage is highly scented, mouthfilling and smooth, with very youthful, rich, vibrant, plummy, cherryish flavours, well-integrated oak, fresh acidity, and loads of potential; best drinking 2020+."

5 Stars & 19.5+/20 (99) Raymond Chan, November 2017 (2016 Vintage)
"Dark, deep ruby-red colour with slight purple hues, a little lighter on the rim. This has a softly full and well-concentrated and packed nose of ripe dark-red berried fruits harmoniously entwined with a layering of dark herbs and soft whole bunch stalk perfumes and a touch of undergrowth. The aromatics possess savoury earthy complexities, and the nose is quite complete in expression. Medium-full bodied, the palate has rich and lusciously vibrant fruit flavours of ripe, dark-red berries harmoniously melded with a layering of dark herbs entwined with savoury whole bunch stalk flavours and hints of undergrowth. Nuances of dark-red florals and minerals add to the complexity. The mouthfeel has fresh acid vitality with fine, grainy textures and tannin structure providing plenty of presence. The fruit sweetness carries the wine to a very long, lingering finish of savoury dark fruits and herbs. This is a rich, lusciously vibrant Pinot Noir with deeply concentrated flavours of dark-red berry fruits, dark herbs, whole bunch complexities on a well-structured palate. The wine is complete in expression. Match with slow-cooked game meat and casseroles over the next 8-10+ Years. Clones 5, 6, 115, 113, 114 and 777, from the estate ‘Gibbston’ vineyard, vines planted in 2000, fermented with 30% whole bunches to 13.5% alc., the wine spending 28 days on skins and aged 11 months in 28% new French oak. 1,250 dozen made."

92/100 James Suckling (2016 Vintage)
“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.”

17.5/20 Julia Harding MW,, September 2018 (2016 Vintage)
"Mid greyish crimson. Spicy sweet dark fruit. And has a nice light, dusty note. Fragrant, floral and delicate on the nose. Lovely rocky, dusty freshness. Opens up to more red fruit. Really fine tannins and freshness. Some crushed herbs but not at all green. Spicy floral is a characteristic of Gibbston Pinot now the vines are older, suggests owner-winemaker Grant Taylor. Real Pinot delicacy. Subtle length."

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