Valli Bannockburn Pinot Noir (750ml)
The name Grant Taylor is is synonymous with Otago Pinot Noir. He has been crafting wines in the region since 1993 when there were only 20 hectares planted – today there are over 2,000. Grant’s accomplishments are well known in the wine world and he is credited with winning the Best Pinot Noir Trophy at a major International Wine Competition in London an unprecedented four times – a feat achieved by no other winemaker in the world. Over the past 25 years he has made the first wines for a number of iconic Otago wineries, but now the serious focus is on his own creation, Valli. Established in 1998 and named after his Great-Great Grandfather, Giuseppe Valli, who immigrated to New Zealand from and Italian winemaking background, Grant founded Valli with the aim of creating true representations of Otago’s subregions with unflinching intensity and purity.
Bannockburn is a semi continental region in Central Otago, New Zealand. This wine is crafted from Dijon and Pommard clones growing on windblown Loess over schist bedrock soil, which is very free draining. The wine undergoes a long fermentation and ages for 11 months in barrel (31 % new). The result is a very fragrant wine with lots of finesse, power and poise. Aromas of wild flowers, berries, dried herbs, baking spices and vanilla bean. The palate is energetic and fresh, with lots of cherry, raspberry and herbs. The tannins are silky and fine and the wine has an overall creamy underlay to compliment its vibrant acidity making it delicious and memorable. Easily drinkable now, but will continue to develop in the bottle.
Robust, with tangy wild blackberry flavors and dense, velvety tannins. Notes of black licorice, black pepper and toasted cumin seed linger on the finish. Drink now through 2027. 576 cases made.