Valli Waitaki Pinot Noir 2014 (North Otago, New Zealand) "...lilac, strawberries and smoked meats..."
An intriguing fragrance of lilac, rose, strawberries, cassis, and Oolong tea with a hint of smoked bacon. The powerful acid core drives the wine and gives energy to the flavours of red fruit, mulberry, and white pepper. The tannins are intricately fine and give great length to the flavors. This is an ethereal wine that will live long in the moment and also endure the test of time.
Raymond Chan: "Even, dark ruby-red colour, a little lighter on the rim. This has a very fine and intensely concentrated, tightly bound nose of fragrant and aromatically piquant dark raspberry and cherry fruit lifted by black and dark-red florals and entwined with dark thyme herb and whole bunch stalk complexities, and nuances of black minerals. Medium-full bodied, the flavours of savoury dark raspberry fruit are interwoven with dark thyme herbs, dark red and violet florals and savoury whole bunch elements. The fruit is tightly bound, concentrated and penetrating, and supported by very fine-grained tannin extraction. The mouthfeel is fresh and lively with acid vitality, and the wine flows with excellent energy and tension. Complexing oak char, and minerally reductive suggestions emerge and carry to a very long, sustained, fine-textured, sweet finish. This is a very intense and concentrated Pinot Noir with aromatic dark raspberry fruit with fine, dark herb and mineral nuances, refined structure and a mouthwatering, vibrant palate. Match with pork and venison, and Mediterranean fare over the next 6-7+ years. Clones 5 and 115 from vines planted in 2001, fermented with 20% whole bunches to 13.1 % alc., the wine spending 23 days cuvaison and aged 11 months in 35% new French oak. 366 dozen made." - 19/20
Grant Taylor: “Very low yield, very slow growing vines on this site. Vivacious pinot - red fruits, candied orange rind, gently sweet and persistent flavours. 'This is a classic Waitaki Pinot: bright, alive, with very fine tannins and incredible length of flavour.”