Named in the "Fine Wines of New Zealand List 2020”

Judges Selection Award for Best Pinot Noir - TEXSOM International Wine Awards 2020

Gold Medal - Royal Easter Show Wine Awards 2020

Top 100 Wines Of New Zealand -

94/100 Points - Joe Czerwinski, Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate

96/100 Points - 5 Stars - Sam Kim, Wine Orbit

96/100 Points - Nick Stock,

96/100 Points - Cameron Douglas MS

94/100 Points - Bob Campbell MW

18.5/20 Points - Joelle Thomson
"This wine comes from one of the coolest climates in Otago, namely the Waitaki in North Otago. It’s made from five different Pinot Noir clones; 115, 777, Abel, UCD5 and 114, grown on limestone based river gravels from a vineyard planted in 2001. This vintage had 20% whole bunch fermentation and was aged in Mercurey oak for 10 months, prior to bottling. There were 13,900 bottles made. The style is the lightest in body of all four wines with structure provided by fresh vibrant acidity, which adds zing and a long finish."

4.5 Stars - Michael Cooper, Winestate Magazine
"Still very youthful, the 2018 vintage is a ruby-hued red, hand-harvested, matured for 11 months in French oak casks (30 per cent new), and bottled unfined and unfiltered. Elegant and supple, it has vibrant cherry, plum, spice and nut flavours, fresh acidity, savoury notes adding complexity and a lingering finish. Best drinking 2021+."

Considered the "Central Otago Guru" of winemaking, Grant Taylor is an exceptionally talented and meticulous winemaker. The Valli range of wines are truly superb!

"Light garnet hue with sweet and savoury aromas of fresh lilac, dried plum, wild strawberry, cumin and manuka-smoked bacon. The charming florals, intriguing spice and red/dried fruit flavours layer wonderfully with the limey acidity that drives the wine and the silky fine tannins that create a beautiful round and mouth-filling texture.Forever ethereal, Waitaki Pinot is unique: bridging the energy of new world pinot noir with the form and shape of classic old world pinot noir. An intriguing wine that is lithe and fragrant in its youth with savoury notes that will continue to unfold with age."



New Zealand


North Otago


Pinot Noir


Light Elegant Reds


Jen Parr, Grant Taylor













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Pork, Lamb, Cassroles

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