Valli Vineyards 2010 Pinot Noirs

As one of Otago's veteran winemakers, Grant Taylor commands attention. His experience of 20 vintages in the district has provided him with the breadth and detail to understand the climate, sub-regions, soils and sites better than most, as well as giving him the skill to deal with amost any kind of vintage. The formation of his Valli Vineyards label is Grant's personal expression of sub-regional character with the Pinot Noir variety, and his previous releases of Gibbston and Bannockburn wine from Central Otago, and the Waitaki Valley in north Otago have been fascinating and clearly representative of those areas. (Click here to see my reviews of the 2009 Pinot Noirs.) Grant reckons 2010 is possibly the very best vintage he has seen in his 20 years in Otago, and to mark it, the Valli Vineyards single-vineyard Pinot Noirs will include a wine from the Bendigo region. Grant was involved in establishing Gibbston Valley's plantings in the Bendigo area, and found the ‘Chinaman's Terrace' site was his favourite. This new wine is made from Pinot Noir fruit sourced from there. This is an outstanding group of Pinot Noirs from Grant Taylor and immensely instructive to taste and thoroughly enjoyable to drink. www.valliwine.com

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