Valli – four sub-regional 2020 Pinot Noir and 2021 Waitaki Riesling

Valli Pinot Noir

A look at the 2020 Growing Season and Grape Harvest

"2020 will be one of those more easily remembered vintages, not just because of the nervousness surrounding Covid-19 but also because of the nervousness over summer. The growing season was cooler than average in Otago and by late March we were wondering if our fruit would ever reach desired ripeness levels before the season ended.

Then came April and May. It would be impossible to dream of a better autumn for winemaking: six weeks of warm, dry, frost-free weather. The grapes had all the time needed to fully ripen.

Our last day of harvest was May 9th. My memories of that day are of discarded jackets, sweaters, shirts, even singlets hung on posts at the end of the row by mid-day and the thermometer reading over 20 c. Oh, for harvest conditions like those again…minus the virus of course.

The cool summer, particularly at the start, had the effect all summers like that have: slower cell division giving us smaller berries. Consequently, the total yields for all of Central Otago wineries were 28% lower than the previous year, even including new vineyard plantings coming on stream. Those lower yields also helped make it easier for what we had to ripen." Grant Taylor

Expect concentrated and age-worthy Pinot Noirs.



  • Valli Gibbston Vineyard Pinot Noir 2020, Central Otago
  • Valli Bannockburn Vineyard Pinot Noir 2020, Central Otago
  • Valli Bendigo Vineyard Pinot Noir 2020, Central Otago
  • Valli Waitaki Vineyard Pinot Noir 2020, North Otago
  • Valli Waitaki Vineyard Riesling 2021, North Otago

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