Valli Waitaki Vineyard Pinot Noir, Central Otago
Waitaki is New Zealand’s newest and most promising wine growing regions. The soils are limestone, hallowed limestone. Heavenly Pinot on hallowed limestone, it’s easy to see how people could get carried away. While it isn’t Burgundy, Waitaki offers so much promise with perfumed and herbal aromas and chalky minerality.
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.
'Pure, vibrant, high energy Pinot Noir with mineral, red cherry, violet and subtle earthy/savoury, wild herb characters. Powerful wine - long and linear with a fine-grained tannic structure.' 95 points, Bob Campbell
Even ruby-red colour with youthful purple hues, lighter on rim. The nose is very fine and elegantly concentrated with black cherry fruit, lifted violet perfumes and fresh, aromatic herbs... Subtle whole bunch savoury, stalky perfumes unfold with nuances of soy sauce, smoke and dried herbs. Medium-full bodied, the palate is elegantly proportioned with tightly bound black cherry fruit infused with aromatic herbs, revealing complex stalky whole bunch flavours. The fruit is sweetly luscious and gently succulent, balanced by very fine-grained tannin extraction. This has supple textures, and the mouthfeel is lively and vibrant with excellent lacy acidity. The wine has linearity and flows with tension and energy leading to a long and sustained finish of black cherries and herbs. This is an elegant, sweet and succulent, black cherry fruited Pinot Noir with vitality and very fine structure... Clones 5 and 115, from vines planted in 2001, fermented with 25% whole bunches to 13.2% a/v, with a cuvaison of 22 days, the wine aged 11 months in 34% new French oak. 355 dozen made. 19/20 points.
Mmm, get this in ya. From Waitaki and smelling all serious and dusty, all earthy, all brambly, all like wet-slate-minerality and a grunt of dark cherry – such a good stink. Luscious texture but light and fresh, trimmed with fine, herb-lit tannins, brilliant in vitality of acidity, gently sweet-sour throughout. Primary in focus, but all about the fine detail and drinkability. Light, tight, lifted, tangy – yum. Drink to 2024. 94 points, WineFront (10/2014).
So very beautiful to drink. Silky, light, fresh, oyster shell mineral vein, ultra-crisp, just-ripe fruit characters. Mouthwatering, delicate, unadorned and pure. Vibrant energetic feel in the palate too. This is just getting better and better. Winegrowing-making on the edge. Pushing 95+ points, WineFront (8/2015).
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.