Valli Bannockburn Vineyard Pinot Noir, Central Otago
The Bannockburn Vineyard is situated in the Cromwell Basin. While it’s not all that far from Gibbston, the wines are considerably different, built around of a framework of tannin rather than acid. Owing more to the weather gods than those of the earth, the warmer temperatures in the region produce wines with darker fruit profiles, greater concentration and more power.
Grant Taylor has been making wines in the region since 1993. When he started out, there were few vineyards. Today, the region is renowned for making some of the most desirable ‘New World’ Pinot Noirs. Along the way, he has built a reputation as a pioneering winemaker who has won the Best Pinot Noir Trophy at the International Wine Competition four times, more than any other winemaker.
Deepish ruby-red with a good heart. This has a full, broad and softly presented nose, very even with warm red berry fruits. This grows in density and has a rounded core, with lovely intensity, revealing some whole cluster stalk nuances. On palate this is deceptively accessible, very harmonious and together, but there is plenty of depth and structure. The tannins are very fine-grained, and the acidity integrated. This has the typical Bannockburn ripeness and substance. Avery consumer-friendly wine.
18.5+ points, Raymond Chan (March 2017)
Robust, with tangy wild blackberry flavors and dense, velvety tannins. Notes of black licorice, black pepper and toasted cumin seed linger on the finish.
91 points, MaryAnn Woobiec, Wine Spectator (2017)
Central Otago, located at the southern end of the South Island of New Zealand, is the world’s most southerly wine region. In a short amount of time, the area has established itself as a world-class region for Pinot Noir. The picturesque region is surrounded by mountains ensuring a cool semi-continental climate that experiences a large diurnal range contributing to the creation of intensely concentrated wines with perfume, and complexity. Central Otago’s vineyard area is divided into six distinct sub regions each with their own climate and wine style. Best known for producing intensely Fruity medium to full bodied Pinot Noir, Central Otago’s cool climate also produces outstanding Riesling as well as superb bottle-fermented Sparkling wines.