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.
The winery writes "The colour of the wine comes from the grape skins and the semi-oxidative handling and is as unique as the character of the wine itself. A warmer vintage, with the inclusion of more whole bunches gave us a pale peach colour that is remarkably similar to the 2017 which was a cool vintage. The nose is quite exotic with lychee, orange blossom, star anise, and cream soda. The 2018 has more savoury attributes with a delicious sesame seed / umami note along with pomegranate, lychee, and almond. The beautiful fine tannin is more pronounced than previous vintages and is complimented by the fresh acidity that sings loudly of Gibbston. The Real McCoy gives exciting opportunities for food pairing including charcuterie platters, pork roast, risotto, grilled or poached salmon, Lebanese dishes, Indian cuisine, sushi, hard cheeses and a Kiwi classic - fish and chips!"