VALLI is the personal vocation of pioneering winemaker Grant Taylor. Grant’s name is synonymous with Otago Pinot Noir. He has been crafting wines there since 1993 when there were only 20 ha planted – today there are over 2000. Grant founded VALLI in 1998 with the intention to produce single vineyard Pinot Noirs highlighting the different characteristics of Otago’s sub regions. More than 20 years later, VALLI is doing just that, producing single-vineyard pinot noirs from Gibbston, Bannockburn, and Bendigo in Central Otago and the Waitaki Valley in North Otago, as well as a dry Pinot Gris from Gibbston and a Riesling from Waitaki. In 2015, established Otago winemaker Jen Parr joined Grant in the winery where the two aim to create wines with honesty, integrity, and most of all, a sense of place. When you drink a Valli wine, you are enjoying more than just a wine: you are experiencing a place.
STEPHEN TANZER - VINOUS
Points: 89+ (14% alcohol, the highest of these 2014s, as "the sugars here go up quickly," according to Grant Taylor; from Valli's youngest Pinot vines, planted in 2006): Bright, dark red. Surprisingly cool, slightly medicinal aromas of blackberry, boysenberry, black cherry, mint and menthol. Densely packed, dry and savory, with medicinal red cherry fruit complicated by licorice and herbal nuances. The least complex today of this set of 2014 Pinot Noirs, due in part to its rather strong, youthfully tough tannins. But shows plenty of palate presence. 89.5