95/100 - Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
95/100 - Bob Campbell MW
93/100 - Cameron Douglas MS
93/100 - James Suckling
19.0/20 - Joelle Thomson
5 stars - Michael Cooper
"When the weather is just right-typically warm years-Gibbston can excel. 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 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!‚Äö√Ñ√∂‚àö√ë‚àöœÄ - Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
"An immediately engaging bouquet with aromas of baking spices and fruit, wood smoke and vanilla. Fresh red cherries and red apple skin, crushed red flowers and a touch of rocky minerality. There's texture and vibrato in the bouquet which translates through to the palate with fine chalky tannins and a soft unfiltered suggestion. Youthful, fresh and lively on the palate with flavours that reflect the nose plus a soft wild thyme note, earthy and fruity, balanced and lengthy. Nice wine, drinking well now and through 2025.‚Äö√Ñ√∂‚àö√ë‚àöœÄ - Cameron Douglas MS
"Plenty of fresh red cherries and there's a very rich, supple and fleshy feel to this wine, a shining example from the warmer, 2018 season. It offers such ample, fleshy, red and dark cherries, in a sweeping wrap of plush tannins. Succulent and juicy finish. Drink or hold. Screw cap.‚Äö√Ñ√∂‚àö√ë‚àöœÄ - James Suckling
"Made with 30% whole-bunches in fermentation, which adds a spicy dimension to this elegant and quite complex pinot noir while leaving access to bright cherry, fresh herb, slate-mineral and spicy oak flavours. Good now but worth waiting a few years.‚Äö√Ñ√∂‚àö√ë‚àöœÄ - Bob Campbell MW
Tasting Note: Glimmering garnet hue with a fascinating array of aromas from mineral and floral to earthy and spicy/herbaceous. The palate commences savoury with delicious dried herb and mushroom flowing into bright red fruit, with a long and spicy finish. The noteworthy "Gibbston‚Äö√Ñ√∂‚àö√ë‚àöœÄ silky, fine tannins coupled with intriguing layers and intricate detail deliver a refined and classy wine from a truly eccentric growing season (hottest and wettest on record!). This wine personifies everything we love about Gibbston Pinot Noir (powerful, graceful, generous and above all - memorable). This wine is drinking beautifully at release and will continue to develop for 10+ years.
Alcohol Volume: 13.5%
Variety: Pinot Noir
Region: Gibbston Valley, Central Otago, New Zealand
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