FIVE STARS 94./100 | Nick Stock
FIVE STARS 96/100 | Sam Kim, Wine Orbit
FIVE STARS | Bob Campbell MW
95/100 | Gourmet Wine TRaveller
93/100 Rebecca Gibb, MW
FIVE STARS 18.5/20 | Raymond Chan
FIVE STARS | Michael Cooper
This is classic Valli Pinot - vinted from a low cropping Bannockburn site that shows vibrant sub-regional red fruits and a distinct fresh mineral line. This wine has been built for the long haul and will evolve beautifully over the next 5-10 years. A masterclass in modern Central Otago winemaking - elegant, complex and restrained. Bravo.
Sam Kim writes "It is irresistibly expressed on the nose showing dark berry, raspberry, dried herb, toasted almond and olive characters. The palate is equally engaging and gratifying with sweet berry flavours and multi-layered mouthfeel, finishing superbly long and flowing. Sophisticated, comforting and stunning. At its best: 2019 to 2027."
The winery writes "This incredibly fragrant and elegant wine is from our relatively cool site in Bannockburn in a cool growing season resulting in a wine with great tension and incredible layers of red fruit, spice and earth. The aromas are both intriguing and complex: fresh berry, wild game, gun smoke, baking spice and wild thyme. The palate is long and bright with cherry, blackcurrant, cardamom, and delicious savoury undertones. Silky fine tannins compliment the vibrant acidity, giving the wine length and memory. This wine is drinking beautifully at release and will continue to do so for at least a decade."