Valli Vineyards 2013 Otago Pinot Noirs

15-Dec-2014
The Valli Vineyards wines of Grant Taylor are among the best and most interesting from Otago. Having made wine in Central Otago since 1993 and being responsible for numerous top award-winning wines, Grant is held in high esteem for his understanding of the soils and climate of the different sub-regions as well as being intimate with how Pinot Noir behaves. The culmination of his knowledge and experience is in his sub-regional bottlings of Otago Pinot Noir.

Grant’s first Valli wine was from his own Gibbston vineyard with the 1998 vintage. This was followed by the Bannockburn bottling, the fruit from his good friend Steve Davies’ site at Doctor’s Flat in 2000. Then wine from the Waitaki Valley, starting in 2004. The most recent sub-regional bottling is that of Bendigo, from the ‘Zebra’ vineyard on Chinaman’s Terrace, first released in 2010. The wines consistently receive high ratings from me, and this year, Valli Vineyards was my runner-up ‘Winery of the Year’, (click here to this year’s awards) based on the quality and style of the 2012 vintage wines (click here to see my reviews).

The 2013s which I review here, again show superb definition of regionality, and the wines exhibit balanced and appropriate structure as well as the fresh, aromatic nature of the 2013 vintage. They will be eligible for consideration, and from these reviews are indeed strong candidates for ‘Winery of the Year’ in 2015. www.valliwine.com


FEATURED WINES IN THIS REVIEW

  • Valli ‘Gibbston Vineyard’ Central Otago Pinot Noir 2013
  • Valli ‘Bannockburn Vineyard’ Central Otago Pinot Noir 2013
  • Valli ‘Waitaki Vineyard’ North Otago Pinot Noir 2013
  • Valli ‘Bendigo Vineyard’ Central Otago Pinot Noir 2013

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