2020 Valli Vineyards Gibbston Vineyard Pinot Noir - Gibbston Central Otago NZ
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Bright garnet hue with fresh flavours of cherry, raspberry and sweet red apple mingled with intriguing scents of lilac, rosemary, pink peppercorn and graphite. The wine has a heady perfume of delicate spice, florals and ripe red fruit that delivers so intensely, making the elegant purity of the palate a wonderful segue. The glowing acidity is in perfect harmony with the supple texture creating a persistent and dynamic flow that gives the sensation of wine dancing in the glass. Often the cooler growing seasons capture the true essence of Gibbston - this vintage articulates the poise, grace and uniqueness of Pinot Noir from this tiny sub-region, when words simply fall short.
"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+"
96 Points - Cam Douglas MS
A pretty nose of red cherries, spiced strawberries, hibiscus tea and crushed thyme. Medium-bodied with silky, structured tannins. Juicy. Lots of attractive red fruit and floral notes bending onto the palate. Nutmeg and sweet paprika, too. Mushroom complexity comes at the finish. Nicely composed. Drink or hold. Screw cap.
94 Points - James Suckling - JamesSuckling.com