VALLI is the creation of pioneering Otago winemaker Grant Taylor. Having crafted wines in Otago since 1993, Grant founded VALLI in 1998 to create single-vineyard wines highlighting the different characteristics of Otago’s sub-regions: Gibbston, Bannockburn, and Bendigo in Central Otago and the Waitaki Valley in North Otago. In 2015, established Otago winemaker Jen Parr joined Grant in the winery where the pair aims to create wines with honesty, integrity, and most importantly, a sense of place. When you drink a VALLI wine, you are enjoying more than just a wine: you are experiencing a place.
Nick Stock, James Suckling.com
Valli Waitaki Vineyard Pinot Noir 2018
"This cooler area in a warmer vintage has worked a treat with this taut, focused, and compact Pinot. Fresh red cherries and a sappy allure on the nose, moving to a palate that has almost chalky compact tannins and a very succulent and detailed fresh finish."
Joe Czerwinski, Wine Advocate
Valli Gibbston Vineyard Pinot Noir 2018
"Valli's 2018 Gibbston Vineyard Pinot Noir offers up a stunning array of herbal, floral aromas, hinting at roses, tea, and mint, all backed by a core of red cherries. It's a medium-bodied, silky and fine, with plentiful (but ripe) tannins. The 31% new French oak is scarcely noticeable, submerged under the waves of fruit-driven complexity, and the 30% whole-bunch component is similarly well integrated. What a beauty!"
Sam Kim, Wine Orbit
Valli Bannockburn Vineyard Pinot Noir 2018
"Combining richness with refinement, this stunning pinot shows dark berry characters on the nose with nuances of anise, toasted nut, and floral. It's wonderfully concentrated and weighty on the palate, delivering terrific fruit intensity with stylish oak infusion, beautifully framed by silky tannins. A complete package offering upfront appeal as well as potential to evolve graciously."