Valli’s subregional spotlight
It’s always a pleasure to receive a package of new release pinot noir from Otago’s subregional specialist, Valli Wines. Valli pinot noir maintains a consistently high level of quality, but it also illustrated the significant subregional differences that exist in this large and diverse region.
Founder/winemaker Grant Taylor has been making wine in Otago since 1993 and worked for a number of iconic Otago wineries until he established Valli in 1998.
The 2016 Valli Waitaki Vineyard Pinot Noir is a restrained and subtly powerful pinot noir that consistently ranks as one of the best from this cool, chalk-laced Otago subregion. It’s a tight and rather closed wine that begs to be cellared for at least 5-6 years to reveal its full potential. (NZD $65)
2016 Valli Bendigo Vineyard Pinot Noir is equally youthful and showing plenty of cellaring potential but it is a riper, weightier style than its Waitaki stablemate with more oak and spice evident. (NZD $65)
The 2016 Valli Bannockburn Vineyard Pinot Noir is perhaps the most accessible of the four wines, with an appealing mix of floral and berry flavours. It’s a classically charming Bannockburn style. (NZD $65)
2016 Valli Gibbston Vineyard Pinot Noir is my favourite. I particularly like the wine’s energy and complexity, which gives a definite nod in the direction of Burgundy. From Taylor’s own vineyard that is reputed to be one of the warmer sites in Gibbston. (NZD $65)