Gibbston Valley ‘China Terrace’ Chardonnay 2017 and 2016, and ‘GV’ Pinot Noir 2017


Gibbston Valley Winery is one of the most important wine producers in Central Otago. One of the pioneers of the region, Alan Brady planted Vines in 1983 releasing his first commercial vintage wines in 1987. From small beginnings, Gibbston Valley has grown, with some expansion pains, as most do, into one of Central Otago’s most popular wine destinations with restaurant, bustling cellar door and a wine cave to feel the ‘natural’ underground experience of wine storage and maturation. Alan Brady has moved on, but along the way, a succession of top winemakers (and viticulturists) have honed their craft with Alan. Incumbent head winemaker Chris Keys joined the company in 2006 and has tightened up the range and pushed the quality of the wines even further, and I see the ‘Single Vineyard’ Gibbston and Bendigo Pinot Noir wines as among the top bottlings from Central Otago. Chris has been handed the baton from Grant Taylor and continued the wonderful progress.

Chris would also rate his Chardonnay wines from the ‘China Terrace’ area of Bendigo as being of the same ilk as his Pinot Noirs. The vineyard they have used since 2007 sits on an elevated terrace in "a lovely sweet spot climatically and geologically – warm enough, just fertile enough, without excess” says Chris. The growth happens slowly allowing time for decisions in the vineyard without undue pressure. His tastings of the wines suggest a decade of drinking too. Here are my reviews of the ‘China Terrace’ Chardonnay, 2017 and 2016, plus the single B95 clone bottling of 2016, plus the 2017 ‘GV Collection’ Pinot Noir. www.gibbstonvalley.com


  • Gibbston Valley ‘China Terrace’ Central Otago Chardonnay 2017
  • Gibbston Valley ‘China Terrace’ Central Otago Chardonnay 2016
  • Gibbston Valley ‘China Terrace’ ‘Central Otago ‘B95’ Chardonnay 2016
  • Gibbston Valley ‘GV Collection’ Central Otago Pinot Noir 2017

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