Vintage Notes: The season for Valli was marked by an excellent and long, drawn out summer. Some cool moments both at the start and end of the season gave the fruit a vibrancy which naturally compliments the vineyards usual concentration and depth of flavour. The season started with good soil moisture, and this coupled with warm a November, December and January, saw a beautiful clean fruit set throughout the vineyard. Mid to late season temperatures were slightly cooler than usual and a late season -3 frost marked the end of the season. The fruit at harvest was of great quality, soundness and concentration.
Winemaker Tasting Notes: One of our dear friends in Central Otago is Grant Taylor, the former winemaker of Gibbston Valley Vineyards and proprietor of Valli Vineyards, one of the great producers of Central Otago. Grant is an iconic figure in Central, equally beloved for his wonderful wines and his quick wit. Over the course of several months in 2013 we decided that it would be great fun to swap grapes from each other’s estate vineyard and make the wines, with each of us vineyard designating the result, and this is the second year of our collaboration doing so. In our view, there is no finer vineyard in the Gibbston region than Grant’s. The professionalism, care and love which go into the management of this site are exemplary. The 2015 wine is lifted, a complex perfume of red fruit and black tea, smoke and exotic spice. Lovely savoury undertones of licorice, briar and blackberry follow. Textural and elegant, the supple tannins in this wine show lovely finesse and persistence through the palate. Whilst expressive now, expect this wine to cellar well.