93/100 'Excellent' | Cameron Douglas MS
93/100 | Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
93/100 | David Walker Bell, Wine Folio
At Advintage we have never been enamoured with orange wines, but this delicious release from Valli has made us eat our words. Dry and savoury and lightly tannic, this wine clearly plays at the orange end of the scale but the palate has lovely fresh fruit characters to balance the equation. A striking, thought provoking wine that will go brilliantly with a diverse range of foods.
Jen Parr writes "The colour of the wine comes from the grape skins and the semi-oxidative handling. The 2022 Real McCoy has a stunning tangerine hue. There are immediately inviting aromas of apricot, peach, and juicy mandarin, with cream soda, wild sage, and delicate white blossom. On the palate there are flavours of ripe stone fruit, citrus, and vanilla. The mouthfeel is both creamy and silky with a lovely hint of fine tannin and lingering acidity at the finish. Delicious on its own, the Real McCoy invites many opportunities for food pairing. We have discovered that this is a great wine for cellaring as the evolution is slow and the wine continues to improve with time."
Cameron Douglas MS writes "Aromas and flavours of apricots and saffron, yellow flowers and exotic spices. Crisp and dry with fine tannins and medium+ acid line. The natural orange quality is distinctive with a palate squeeze contrasted with core fruit flavours and orange peel. The saffron and other exotic spice qualities remain persistent. Balanced, well made and ready with best drinking from day of purchase through 2026+."