Valli Otago 2017 – 2015 Whites and 2016 Pinot Noirs


Valli Vineyards was my ‘Winery of the Year’ in 2016. Grant Taylor has crafted superb Central Otago Pinot Noirs for some of the leading labels in the district for over 20 years, and his Otago regional bottlings under his own Valli Vineyards brand since 1998. In doing so, he has demonstrated his intimate knowledge of Otago’s sub regions, including the relatively new Waitaki North Otago area, which he staunchly champions. His wines also show his deep understanding of the Pinot Noir grape and how it performs in Otago. The Valli style of Pinot Noir not only captures sub-regional expression, but has a house style of multi-faceted complexity. However, it is not just Pinot Noir that Valli Vineyards excels in, but also Pinot Gris, Chardonnay and especially Riesling. Grant’s bottlings of these varieties also reflect his passion for making great wine, full stop. At the beginning of 2015, the very talented and experienced Jen Parr joined Grant at Valli Vineyards. On my visit to the Valli winery in Cromwell earlier in March, I could see how Grant and Jen complemented each other in their outlook on making wine. I can say they make an incredibly formidable team, and this augurs very well for the future. Here, I review three white wines, ranging from 2017 to 2015, and the four sub-region Otago Pinot Noirs from the warm 2016 season. The white wines are excellent, and the Pinot Noirs are exceptional. www.valliwine.com


  • Valli ‘Gibbston Vineyard’ Central Otago Pinot Gris 2016
  • Valli Waitaki North Otago Late Harvest Riesling 2015
  • Valli ‘Gibbston Vineyard’ Central Otago Pinot Noir 2016
  • Valli ‘Bannockburn Vineyard’ Central Otago Pinot Noir 2016
  • Valli ‘Waitaki Vineyard’ North Otago Pinot Noir 2016
  • Valli ‘Bendigo Vineyard’ Central Otago Pinot Noir 2016

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