'20 Valli Pinots - NZ Pinot Royalty


"His wines are suffused with personality and charm and Grant obviously has an acute understanding of what makes great Pinot Noir.” - Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate 
I tasted this latest and very impressive range of 2020 Valli wines last week and was totally blindsided. I knew that Valli pinots were excellent, being "forewarned" by my first "awakening" at the Pinot Massif conference last year where the Valli 2019 Bendigo Vineyard showed as one of the top wines in a NZ tasting. But I wasn't prepared for the greatness, intense hedonistic interest and filigreed whole-bunchy excellence of this range of wines!
All pinot lovers should try these! Cheers, Randall
These wines are expected to arrive in the warehouse on Friday afternoon this week!

Valli 2020 Waitaki Vineyard Pinot Noir
RRP: $95 | Offer: $85!

"Fresh, varietal, youthful and very enticing with aromas of white spice and poached pear, white peach and layers of mineral-aroma texture. Delicious on the palate with flavours that reflect the bouquet, texture of fine tannins and medium+ acidity, a core of mineral and cool climate fruit purity. Ready to drink from 2022 through 2026. Delicious!" 95pts - Cameron Douglas MS
96pts - Bob Campbell MW
93pts – Decanter World Wine Awards

91pts – Rebecca Gibb MW, Vinous.com

Valli 2020 Gibbston Vineyard Pinot Noir
RRP: $85 | Offer: $75! 

"Complex and seductive bouquet with scents of fallen leaves and dried wild herbs, roses and cherries, mineral and spiced with oak and a savoury quality. Even better on the palate - texture and barrel spices, a gentle savoury herb quality, some vanilla nd dusty clove spices and a leesy nutty quality. Complex and lengthy. Chalky textured tannins and medium+ acidity set the foundation while layers of red berries and wild flowers layer in breadth and depth. Delicious, complex and ready to enjoy from 2023 through 2030+" 96pts - Cameron Douglas
5 Stars – Awarded “Super Classic” Status -Michael Cooper
92pts – Bob Campbell MW
91pts – Rebecca Gibb MW, Vinous.com

Valli 2020 Bannockburn Vineyard Pinot Noir

RRP: $85 | Offer: $75!

"Ripe varietal red berry fruit scents with dark cherry and raspberry, contrasting fine savoury qualities showcasing wild thyme and rugged countryside schist qualities. Complex and youthful with sweet baking spice scents from barrel and silky smoky quality. Delicious on the palate with texture touching the senses first - an abundance of polished tannins and back bone of acidity echoing the wild and rocky countryside and thyme qualities. The core fruit flavours mirror the bouquet. Faboulous texture and length. Best drinking from 2023 through 2033+." 96pts - Cameron Douglas
Best in Show, 97pts - Decanter World Wine Awards
Gold Medal, International Wine Challenge, London
95pts - Bob Campbell MW
5 Stars – Awarded “Classic” Status - Michael Cooper
94pts – Rebecca Gibb MW, Vinous.com

Valli 2020 Bendigo Vineyard Pinot Noir
RRP: $85 | Offer: $75!

omplex and pure, more than just varietal a bouquet - layers of texture scents with sense of place and time then fruit aromas of crushed cherry flesh and preserved roses, raspberry and a soft savoury thyme quality. Seamless on the palate with a youthful core structure from fine needle point tannins and acid line, plush velvet mouthfeel with contrasting plum, cherry and even a touch of blueberry fruit. Oak flavours and tannins are layered throughout the wine teasing the senses, salivating and adding just a touch of sweetness then light smoky baking spices. Fantastic wine withm best drinking from 2023 through 2030+" 98pts - Cameron Douglas
Gold Medal, 96pts – Decanter World Wine Awards
96pts – Bob Campbell MW
5 Stars – Awarded “Classic” Status - Michael Cooper
92pts – Rebecca Gibb MW, Vinous.com