Valli Bendigo Vineyard Pinot Noir, Central Otago
The Bendigo Pinot Noir is sourced from Chinaman's Terrace. Higher elevation allows for better air flow to cool the vines and prevent rots and mould. But the cooler temperatures also tame these would-be warm weather beasts. These Chinaman's Terrace wines are still powerful, rich, dark and lush.
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.
Dark, deep, ruby-red colour with slight black and purple hues. The nose is well-proportioned with tight and densely packed aromas of black berried and dark-red berry fruit, along with notes of liquorice, savoury herb and whole bunch stalk elements, iron-earth and black minerals. The nose is reserved and brooding. Medium-full bodied, the palate is full and concentrated with powerful and deep flavours of dark-red and black berried fruits entwined with liquorice, dark herbs, earth and black mineral nuances. The fruit is encased by significant tannin structure, the textures fine and flowery. The extraction grows in prominence, lending considerable mouthfeel and presence. Integrated acidity underlines the palate, and the flavours show restraint on the long, concentrated finish which reveals iron-earth and mineral nuances. This is a powerfully concentrated, brooding, black-fruited Pinot Noir with liquorice and mineral notes, and plenty of structure and grip.
19- points, Raymond Chan (April 2016)
Dense, ripe pinot noir with plum, liquorice, anise, spice and wood smoke flavours. Very typical Bendigo flavour profile, but with a better texture than many. Will certainly benefit from bottle age but offers good drinking now.
95 points, Bob Campbell MW (August 2016)
Trademark darker cherry and blackberry fruits, dark plums and dark, spicy oak influence all leap out of the glass here. It's really a pinot of darker tones through and through. The palate has a bold and slightly chewy tannin texture, while dark chocolate and dark-cherry flavors roll into slightly grippy tannins.
93 points, Nick Stock (December 2016)
The 2014 Bendigo Vineyard Pinot Noir has a medium ruby-purple color and opulent nose of black cherries, mulberries and spiced blackberries with hints of violets and stewed tea. Medium-bodied, it fills the palate with lively black fruit, spice and earthy flavors with a solid foundation of grainy tannins and finishing long. It should cellar well over the next 5-8 years.
92+ points, Lisa Perrotti-Brown (April 2016)
Robust, with sarsaparilla and vanilla accents to the fleshy, mineral-scented black cherry and plum flavors. The tannins thicken on the finish, showing plenty of intensity.
92 points, MaryAnn Woobiec, Wine Spectator (2016)
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.