Valli Waitaki Vineyard Pinot Noir, North 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.
Moderately deep ruby-red colour, a little lighter on the edge. The nose is very firm and tightly bound with cooler spectrum red berry fruits melded with complexing dark and fresh herbs, and whole bunch stalk and stem notes. The nose shows great depth, concentration and finesse, unfolding smoke and mineral detail. Tightly concentrated on palate, this has fine, but firm textures and extraction, unfolding layers of black and dark red berry fruits, dark herbs, and complexing whole bunch notes. The mouthfeel is very fresh, bright and vibrant, with the tannin structure and acidity providing linearity, energy and excellent length.
19- points, Raymond Chan (August 2017)