Gibbston Valley GV Collection 2016 Riesling, and 2015 Pinot Gris and Pinot Noir

15-Jul-2016
Gibbston Valley have revitalised their premium ‘Gibbston Valley’ label to ‘GV Collection’, after tiring of the popular use of ‘ordinary’, ‘regular’, ‘estate’ and ‘’black label’ monikers that don’t really do justice to the aspirations and quality of the wines within the bottle. It’s a problem that is endemic to the industry, as the premium bottlings are just that – premium – but the introduction of ‘single vineyard’ and limited release bottlings have inadvertently downgraded the original premium wines.

Of the ‘GV Collection’, chief winemaker Chris Keys explains "these represent our take on Central Otago regionality” the wines not being single site focussed, and mostly blends of fruit from more than one vineyard. In a practical sense, Chris and his team aim to express the individuality and character from the grape resource and provenance, featuring "balance over ripeness, purity over size with harmony and finesse and the ability to age”. These are touchstones that have been adhered to over many vintages, and techniques such as hand-picking, WBP for whites and whole clusters for reds are at the base of the winemaking. Here, I review the 2016 Riesling, and 2015 Pinot Gris and Pinot Noir under the new ‘GV Collection’ labelling. www.gibbstonvalley.com


FEATURED WINES IN THIS REVIEW

  • Gibbston Valley ‘GV Collection’ Central Otago Riesling 2016
  • Gibbston Valley ‘GV Collection’ Central Otago Pinot Gris 2015
  • Gibbston Valley ‘GV Collection’ Central Otago Pinot Noir 2015

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