In this Vintec Club Tasting Pack you find one bottle each of the following Valli Waitaki Vineyard Pinot Noir North Otago 2017 Valli Gibbston Vineyard Pinot Noir Central Otago 2017
Event Details 7pm AEDT – Zoom Tasting Wednesday 2nd December
Valli Waitaki Vineyard Pinot Noir North Otago 2017 UCD5, Dijon, 115, Abel, and 777 clones planted 2001 on limestone soils spread through river gravels. Light garnet hue with fruit aromas of wild strawberry, sweet cherry, and plum married with sage, wild thyme and a touch of cedar. The vibrant fruit, savoury notes and intriguing spice, layer wonderfully with the silky fine tannins and creamy texture highlighted by a fresh acidity that gives the wine tremendous energy. The cooler growing season saw a late April/early May harvest resulting in a beautifully fragrant wine with delicate fine tannins and exciting aromatics that are a true reflection of the Waitaki. A wine that is a touch exotic, lithe and exceptionally enjoyable upon release and will benefit from up to 8 years in the cellar. A real gem for those who love Waitaki Pinots!
Valli Gibbston Vineyard Pinot Noir Central Otago 2017 UCD5, 6, Dijon 115, 113, 114, and 777 clones planted 2000 alluvial loess between 0.5 and 1 metre deep over firm river gravels and colluviums. Deep garnet hue with a fascinating array of aromas from mineral and floral to earthy/animal and baking spice/wild thyme. The fruit shines through on the palate with bright cherry, blackberry and mulberry complemented by a rich earthy vein. The savoury characteristics from a cool and exceptionally low cropping vintage are sensational when married with the classic Gibbston silky, fine tannins and electric acidity. Perhaps our most intriguing Pinot to date from this vineyard with vine age playing an important role in capturing a special vintage. This punchy young wine gives immediate gratification but it has all the hallmarks of a wine that is very worthy of cellaring and will show even more exciting features for many years to come.
A profound pinot; the captivating bouquet shows dark cherry, blueberry, violet, cedar and game characters with a hint of dried herb note. The palate is concentrated and weighty, while remaining poised and refined, backed by velvety mouthfeel and fine tannins. Gracefully powerful and alluringly seductive.
97 points, Wine Orbit (September 2018)
Engaging and complex, the inviting bouquet shows red/black cherry, fragrant spice, thyme, nutmeg and floral characters. The palate is wonderfully weighted and rounded, delivering sweet berry flavours and silky texture, magnificently complemented by spicy nuances and fine tannins. Elegant, stylish and delicious.
95 points, Wine Orbit (September 2018)
Dense, concentrated wine with plum, cherry, berry, a few crushed herbs and some spice and anise character. A very good example of the slightly cooler Gibbston style. Lovely wine in a complex and sophisticated style.
95 points, The Real Review (January 2019)
Moderately light in colour with an appealing silken texture and flavours suggesting cherry, fresh herbs, rhubarb plus some floral and violet influence. An elegant wine with impressive underlying power. It has its own distinctive character.
92 Points, The Real Review (January 2019)
A complex and sophisticated pinot noir with plum, cherry/berry, a few crushed herbs and some spice/anise character. It’s a very good example of the cool-climate Gibbston style.
95 Points & TOP 100, Gourmet Traveller Wine Magazine
A redder-fruited style with cool raspberries and light, wild red cherries. Abundant perfume of red flowers on offer, too. This has a vibrant and juicy palate that delivers a succulent, taut and crisp feel.
93 Points, JamesSucklling.com (September 2018)
From the remote, limestone-rich outpost of Waitaki, this has a cool and complex nose with baking spices and lightly peppery nuances, as well as coal smoke, wild red flowers, herbs and red berries. A neat palate, offering savory notes of dark stones and smoke and crisp, delicate, plaster-like tannins.
93 Points, JamesSucklling.com (September 2018)
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.