95/100 'Outstanding' | Cameron Douglas MS
95/100 | Candice Chow, Raymond Chan Wine Reviews
Pioneering winemaker Grant Taylor has been crafting wines in Central Otago since 1993, when there were just 20 hectares of Pinot Noir planted. He created Valli Wines in 1998 with the aim of creating true representations of Otago’s subregions with unflinching intensity and purity.
The 2022 Valli Waitaki Riesling is beautifully balanced with bright citrus notes and an elegantly long finish. Whilst it's drinking delightfully now, it could easily cellar for ten years. Simply sublime.
Cameron Douglas MS writes "Fantastic wine. An off-dry expression with a backbone of acidity both holding onto and accentuating flavours of apple and lemon, there’s a core of minerality from stone to chalk and salivating acid line that carries flavours and textures throughout the palate. Delicious, just dry on a very long finish and very easy to drink."
Candice Chow, Raymond Chan Wine Reviews writes "Bright, even, pale yellow with a tinge of green. The nose is striking and poised with citrus, minerals and blossom aromas. Medium-bodied, off-dry to taste, aromas of lime and lime peels at the core, melded with Granny Smith, apple blossom, saline and minerals. The mouthfeel is lightly chalky; striking tension drives with good energy to a crisp, tantalising finish. This Waitaki Riesling is packed with citrus and tension, adorned with a chalky mouthfeel and saline. Match with raw diamond clams and fish head terrine over the next 10+ years."
Jen Parr writes "An intensely aromatic nose of lime zest, citrus, wild flowers and white pepper with more subtle aromas of tangerine and lemongrass. The palate is beautifully balanced and pure with flavours of zesty lemon, lime, sage, and sea-salt with a wonderful energy that sings of limestone soils. This off-dry Riesling is delicious on its own or as an aperitif; it will also pair wonderfully with fresh fish, seafood, summer salads and light-medium spiced Indian or Thai cuisine. Remarkably drinkable at release, this fresh and fragrant wine will continue to develop and delight for 15+/- years."