Valli Pinot Noir Gibbston Vineyard 2012

Central Otago is surely one of the most beautiful places in the world.  I expect that I am in danger of wishing to return to it sooner rather than later, adding yet a further destination to a list unable to be sensibly satisfied with such limited time.  Since I last looked in on pinot noirs from the region some years ago there seems greater nuance and complexity in them, together with a marching focus on sub regional styles.

The 2012 vintage of Valli pinot noir from the cooler sited Gibbston Vineyard has aromatics of game, leather and dark cherry.  These aromatics also feature on the palate, and the wine achieves a balance in the glass with some fine grained tannins gently providing grip with time in the glass.  This is complex and interesting wine that will reward your interest.

Rating: Good to Very Good, Abv: 13%, Price: $60, Source: sample, Vendors:, Website:, Tasted: 2014

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