Gibbston Valley 2014 Single Vineyard Pinot Noirs

24-Jul-2015
As one of the pioneering vineyards and wineries of Central Otago as it is today, Gibbston Valley has a remarkable track record of superb wines from the first releases in 1987. The resource of old vines, some over 30 years old is invaluable and is increasingly appreciated by Central Otago wine lovers. Chris Keys is the winemaking guardian of the vines and the winemaking, assisted by Sascha Herbert and Matt Swirtz, who along with Grant Rolston and Gary Ford of ‘Vinewise’ who tend the viticulture run a most efficient and fun operation for the owners led by Philip Griffith.

Last year, I reviewed the full range of 2013 and 2012 Pinot Noirs under the Gibbston Valley brand from ‘Gold River’ through to the ‘Central Otago’, ‘Single Vineyard’ and ‘Reserve’ bottlings (click here to see my reviews). I found the quality of the wines quite astounding, putting them up with the best of the region. I rated the ‘School House’ Bendigo Pinot Noir 2012 at 20.0/20 points. While the flagship ‘Reserve’ Pinot Noir has pride of place for the winery’s portfolio with its distinctively rich house style, I was particularly taken by the expression of site in the ‘Single Vineyard’ wines, reflecting the Bendigo and Gibbston Valley sub-regions.

Here, I review the 2014 ‘Central Otago’ and ‘Single Vineyard’ Gibbston Valley Pinot Noirs. Chris Keys reports that the influence of older vines, earlier picking, increased whole cluster and shorter maceration times of 20 days, rather than 30 days, is resulting in greater beauty and natural ‘pinosity’ (my interpretation of his words) which these 2014s are showing. Chris says "I love the vintage”. www.gibbstonvalley.com

FEATURED WINES IN THIS REVIEW

  • Gibbston Valley Central Otago Pinot Noir 2014
  • Gibbston Valley ‘China Terrace’ Bendigo Central Otago Pinot Noir 2014
  • Gibbston Valley ‘School House’ Bendigo Central Otago Pinot Noir 2014
  • Gibbston Valley ‘Glenlee’ Gibbston Central Otago Pinot Noir 2014
  • Gibbston Valley ‘Le Maitre’ Gibbston Central Otago Pinot Noir 2014

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