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.
The 2019 growing season was cool in nature, particularly at flowering,
resulting in a small fruit set and a "normal" Waitaki harvest in late
April/early May. The limestone-rich soils influence both the shape and the flow
of this wine with its mouth-filling texture underlined by candid acidity. The
nose has both tropical and citrus aromas with hints of zest and vanilla. The
intense palate builds in the mouth with a silky/citrus character that is
wonderfully salivating. Made in tiny quantities, this young wine is immediately
enjoyable and will continue to reward for many years.