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Valli Gibbston Vineyard Pinot Noir - Central Otago

Valli Gibbston Vineyard Pinot Noir 2018 - Central Otago

Vintage: 2018 | Type: Reds | Producer: Valli Vineyards
Region: New Zealand South Island
Closure: Screw cap
Bottle size: 750ml

Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
The Real Review

$67.99: as part of any six
$80.00: single bottle
$815.88: Per case of 12 (free shipping)

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Our Gibbston Vineyard Pinot Noir is like Audrey Hepburn – timeless, complex, generous and full of grace. - Jen Parr, Valli Winemaker

Glimmering garnet hue with a fascinating array of aromas from mineral and floral to earthy and spicy/herbaceous. The palate commences savoury with delicious dried herb and mushroom flowing into bright red fruit, with a long and spicy finish. The noteworthy “Gibbston” silky, fine tannins coupled with intriguing layers and intricate detail deliver a refined and classy wine from a truly eccentric growing season (hottest and wettest on record!). This wine personifies everything we love about Gibbston Pinot Noir (powerful, graceful, generous and above all memorable.

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95/100 Points - Joe Czerwinski, Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate

Judges Selection Award for Best New Zealand Red - TEXSOM International Wine Awards 2020

Named in the "Fine Wines of New Zealand List 2020”

96/100 Points - 5 Stars - Sam Kim, Wine Orbit

95/100 Points - Bob Campbell MW

95/100 Points - Gourmet Traveller WINE Magazine

93/100 Points - Nick Stock,

93/100 Points - Cameron Douglas MS

92/100 Points - Decanter World Wine Awards 2020

92/100 Points - Wine Spectator

19/20 Points - Joelle Thomson

5 Stars - Michael Cooper, Winestate Magazine


Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

When the weather is just right-typically warm years-Gibbston can excel. Valli's 2018 Gibbston Vineyard Pinot Noir offers up a stunning array of herbal-floral aromas, hinting at roses, tea and mint, all backed by a core of red cherries. It's medium-bodied, silky and fine, with plentiful (but ripe) tannins. The 31% new French oak is scarcely noticeable, submerged under the waves of fruit-driven complexity, and the 30% whole-bunch component is similarly well integrated. What a beauty!

Wine Advocate, 29 Feb 2020

Monica Larner

The Real Review

“Made with 30% whole-bunches in fermentation, which adds a spicy dimension to this elegant and quite complex pinot noir while leaving access to bright cherry, fresh herb, slate-mineral and spicy oak flavours. Good now but worth waiting a few years.” – Bob Campbell MW

Bob Campbell

Producers notes

Guiseppe Valli emigrated from an Italian winemaking background to New Zealand in the 1870s. Five generations later great great grandson Grant Taylor continues the family tradition in the Gibbston Valley near Queenstown. Winemaker for Gibbston Valley Wines, Valli is Grant Taylors first release of a wine under his own label.

The aim of Valli is to create premium quality Pinot Noir displaying the variety of characters found in Central Otago's grape growing sub regions. Vallis estate vineyard in Gibbston is planted at 4050 vines/ha and cropped at only1kg/vine to ensure perfect ripeness. It was also the first vineyard in the valley to be planted in true north to south direction, maximizing the amount of sunlight hours the vines receive. This contributes dramatically to the uniform ripening of fruit, a critical factor in Pinot Noir quality. This vineyard soils are windblown alluvial loess, mainly schist derived. The topsoil is between .5 and 1m deep over free draining gravels. These fairly fine gravels allow the roots to easily access water and nutrients. Gibbston is one of the coolest sub regions of Otago and consequently has one of the slowest ripening seasons.

One of the key factors in quality Pinot Noir from such a cool area is long hang time i.e. the amount of time the grapes are on the vine; this allows them to develop elegance and complexity of flavour. Sometimes the Pinot Noir is not picked until early May.


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