Gibbston Valley 2016 ‘Gold River’, ‘GV’ and ‘Single Vineyard’ Pinot Noirs

25-Oct-2017
Gibbston Valley is one of the pioneering winegrowers of Central Otago, with founder Alan Brady planting vines in 1983 for the first commercial vintage in 1987. The business has grown enormously since then, becoming the largest and most popular cellar door in the region, offering a complete visitor experience. Originally a Gibbston sub-region producer, the company now has significant holdings in the Bendigo sub-region in addition to the Gibbston vineyards. The branding has recently undergone a revitalisation. The ‘Gold River’ wines offer Central Otago expression at an affordable pricing. The premium ‘GV Collection’ comprises the classic Central Otago bottlings by the company. At the top are the ‘Single Vineyard’ wines, these utilising the best fruit from the unique vineyard sites to make terroir-based wines. The flagship wine is the ‘Reserve’ Pinot Noir. Over recent years, I’ve seen the latter tier wines sitting with the best of Central Otago. Chris Keys is the chief winemaker, assisted by Sascha Herbert and Matt Swirtz. The viticulture comes under the care of Grant Rolston and Gary Ford of ‘Vinewise’. Gibbston Valley regard 2016 as a "generally warm” vintage with an "elongated ripening period” resulting in slightly larger than average yields and fulsome flavours, with lower than normal acid levels, and matching, desirable lower sugar levels. Here, I review the 2016 vintage releases of Pinot Noir, these being the ‘Gold River’ ‘GV Collection’ and single vineyard wines ‘China Terrace’, ‘School House’, ‘Glenlee’ and ‘Le Maitre’. www.gibbstonvalley.com

FEATURED WINES IN THIS REVIEW

  • Gibbston Valley ‘Gold River’ Central Otago Pinot Noir 2016
  • Gibbston Valley ‘GV Collection’ Central Otago Pinot Noir 2016
  • Gibbston Valley ‘China Terrace’ Bendigo Central Otago Pinot Noir 2016
  • Gibbston Valley ‘School House’ Bendigo Central Otago Pinot Noir 2016
  • Gibbston Valley ‘Glenlee’ Central Otago Gibbston Pinot Noir 2016
  • Gibbston Valley ‘Le Maitre’ Gibbston Central Otago Pinot Noir 2016

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