Valli Bendigo Vineyard Pinot Noir 2020
98/100 Cameron Douglas, Master of Wine : Complex and pure, more than just varietal a bouquet - layers of texture scents with sense of place and time then fruit aromas of crushed cherry flesh and preserved roses, raspberry and a soft savoury thyme quality. Seamless on the palate with a youthful core structure from fine needle point tannins and acid line, plush velvet mouthfeel with contrasting plum, cherry and even a touch of blueberry fruit. Oak flavours and tannins are layered throughout the wine teasing the senses, salivating and adding just a touch of sweetness then light smoky baking spices. Fantastic wine with best drinking from 2023 through 2030+.
96/100 Huon Hooke’s The Real Review : Dense, ripe pinot noir with lush floral/rose petal, cassis, mocha, wood smoke, dark chocolate and spicy oak flavours. Quintessentially Bendigo from a favourable vintage. Serious cellaring potential. Drink 2022–2035
Gold - Decanter World Wine Awards 2022
96 Points : Lovely seamless and pure aromas with ripe plum, black cherry and blueberry. Plush palate with integrated ripe and rounded tannins. Plush and luxurious.
The Finer Details
Variety - Pinot Noir
Country - New Zealand
Region - Central Otago
Extra - Screwcap
Year - 2020
Volume - 750ml
VALLI is the personal vocation of pioneering winemaker Grant Taylor. Grant’s name is synonymous with Otago Pinot Noir. He has been crafting wines there since 1993 when there were only 20 ha planted – today there are over 2000. Grant founded VALLI in 1998 with the intention to produce single vineyard Pinot Noirs highlighting the different characteristics of Otago’s sub regions. More than 20 years later, VALLI is doing just that, producing single-vineyard pinot noirs from Gibbston, Bannockburn, and Bendigo in Central Otago and the Waitaki Valley in North Otago, as well as a dry Pinot Gris from Gibbston and a Riesling from Waitaki. In 2015, established Otago winemaker Jen Parr joined Grant in the winery where the two aim to create wines with honesty, integrity, and most of all, a sense of place. When you drink a Valli wine, you are enjoying more than just a wine: you are experiencing a place.