2012 Valli "Bendigo Vineyard" Pinot Noir Central Otago

SKU #1199597 95 points Raymond Chan

 The nose is full, bold and packed with ripe black plum and berry fruit aromas with layers of minerals, tar and liquorice, and harmoniously interwoven waves of whole bunch savoury, earthy herbs and perfumes. Full-bodied and immediately accessible, luscious and succulently sweet fruit flavours of black cherries, plums and liquorice fill the palate. The mouthfeel shows very attractive integration of the juicy fruit with very fine-grained tannin extraction. Structurally soft and refined, with ripe acidity, the palate flows with finesse and elegance, the tannins growing in presence, leading to an elegant, very long and gently nuanced finish. This is an elegant, refined and sweet-fruited Pinot Noir with accessibility, but with the structural depth and layers of interest that will grow over the next 6-8+ years. Match with Asian pork and Middle Eastern lamb dishes. Selected from 'Chinaman's Terrace' in Bendigo, fermented to 14.0% alc. with 40% whole bunch, the wine undergoing 20 days cuvaison and aged 11 months 34% new French oak. 250 dozen made.

95 points Sam Kim

 Power and opulence. This sumptuous pinot shows gorgeous aromas of dark cherry, blueberry, floral and spice, followed by a concentrated palate that's beautifully weighted and richly textured. It's stylish and luxurious, and has an extremely long, velvety finish. A lovely expression of the sub district, the wine is harmonious and mouth-filling. At its best: now to 2022.

93 points Bob Campbell

 A typically ripe Bendigo Pinot Noir with raspberry, black cherry, new leather and thyme/spice characters. Quite dense with a lingering finish. Can be appreciated now but this wine will clearly gain greater complexity and a richer texture with bottle age.

93 points James Suckling

 Attractive fresh-plum and dark-cherry fruit here. This has a brooding side to it; some spice in the mix, too. The palate has fulsome, fleshy, dark-plum fruit flavor. Really fleshy, expressive style about it. Tannins are sturdy and wrap right around. Finishes strong. Drink now.

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Staff Image By: Shaun Green | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 3/30/2015 | Send Email
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The Bendigo is another richer style from Valli, bold and rich but with savory notes and a super velvety texture. Mouth filling and layered with a warmer riper fruit and a wonderfully long finish
Drink to 2020

Staff Image By: Ryan Woodhouse | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 3/26/2015 | Send Email
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A powerful, muscular wine. Deeper in color than the other Valli bottlings. The nose shows dark toasted spices, meat, dark cherry and wild herbs. The palate echos these descriptors with juicy, dense palate weight and perfectly ripe but persistent, fine tannins. A mouth-coating wine, but one that retains excellent brightness and balance and is not heavily extracted in any way. Simply a bold wine reflecting its powerful terroir. A wine of real purity and power. 250 case total production. 14.0% ABV.
Drink from 2016 to 2026

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Pinot Noir

- One of France's most legendary grapes and the grape that earned Burgundy its reputation. The parent of varietals like Pinot Gris/Grigio and Pinot Blanc, Pinot Noir is blue to violet to indigo in color with relatively thin skins, and it is said to have been cultivated in France for more than 2,000 years. At its best, Pinot Noir creates elegant wines that are filled with primary red fruit aromas and flavors while young, revealing with an array of secondary characteristics like earth, smoke, violet, truffle and game with age. The varietal is also known, perhaps better than any, for its ability to translate terroir, or a sense of place. While the best Pinot Noir still comes from Burgundy, it is being produced with increasing success in cooler climates around the world. In France, it is part of the trifecta of grapes that can go into Champagne, and it is also grown in Alsace, Irancy, Jura, Savoie, Lorraine and Sancerre. Outside of France it is produced under the names Pinot Nero and Blauburgunder in Italy's mountainous regions, as Spätburgunder in Germany and as Blauburgunder in Austria. In the US, Pinot Noir has found suitable growing conditions in the cooler parts of California, including Carneros, the Russian River Valley, the Anderson Valley, the Sonoma Coast, Monterey County, the Santa Lucia Highlands and Santa Barbara County, as well as in Oregon's Willamette Valley. In recent years, New Zealand has demonstrated its ability to interpret this hard-to-grow varietal, with successful bottlings coming from careful and attentive growers in Central Otago, Martinborough and Canterbury. Chile is also an up-and-coming region for Pinot Noir, creating fresh, fruit-forward, early-drinking and affordable Pinots from the coastal Casablanca Valley and the Limari Valley.

New Zealand

- New Zealand is an extremely diverse wine-growing nation. The long history of producing wine started in the 1830s with wineries such as Mission Estate (1850) and Te Mata Estate (1896) still producing wine today. The two islands hold a multitude of different growing climates ranging from warmer areas such as Hawke’s Bay to very cool regions such as Waitaki, and Awatere. Most regions are defined as Maritime with the exception being Central Otago that has a moderate Continental climate with the high elevation creating dramatic diurnal swings in temperature. The plethora of grapes grown in New Zealand reflects this diverse microclimate make up. Everything has a place here, Bordeaux varietals and Syrah in Hawke’s Bay, Chardonnay and Pinot in Nelson, Pinot Noir and Riesling in Central Otago , aromatic whites in Waipara and pretty much everything you can imagine in Marlborough. New Zealand is also one of the “greenest” wine producing nations on earth (94% of wine certified sustainable in 2013) with a strong focus on organic and Biodynamic farming.
Alcohol Content (%): 14