Valli 'Bendigo Vineyard' Pinot Noir 2021
1 or more bottles$74.99
Sam Kim97 points
Raymond Chan Wi96 points
Cameron Douglas96 points
Bob Campbell MW96 points
James Suckling96 points
Bright garnet hue with an array of savoury, dark fruit, and floral aromas including forest floor, plum, mushroom, ripe cherry, cedar, raspberry, and azalea. The palate is equally complex with layers of dark fruit, spice, and umami that are woven together by a fresh vein of acidity. The texture is rich and mouth-filling with silky, fine tannins that build in the mouth giving a long, memorable finish. Powerful yet inviting. This wine is captivating yet approachable in its youth, and should develop beautifully.
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Critic Scores & reviews
"Richly fruited and engaging, the wine shows dark cherry, smoked game, clove, cedar and floral aromas, followed by a sumptuous palate that’s both powerful and refined. Superbly structured by layers of fine tannins and silky texture, finishing impressively long and satisfying."
Raymond Chan Wine Reviews96
"Deep ruby-black, slightly lighter on edge. This has a rich, powerful bouquet, enveloping dark cherry, blackberry, an amalgam of spice, smoky herbs, earth and cedar. Medium-full bodied, bright on the palate, aromas of dark cherry, blackberry enfolding nutmeg, black pepper, cinnamon, wild thyme, earth and cedar. Lively acidity lifts the dark-toned aromatics and drives a fresh length. Mouth-filling palate structured by fine-grained, velvety tannin and a hint of earth broadens the palate. This rich Pinot Noir possesses Bendigo's signature of dark fruit and power, enriched by a fine tannin structure and fresh acidity lends a satisfying, long finish."
Cameron Douglas MS96
Bob Campbell MW96
"Elegant, intense wine with a seamless texture and flavours suggesting cassis, blackcurrant, new leather, a whiff of wood smoke and nutty oak flavours. A core of sweet fruit is interwoven with fine, ripe tannins with delicious effect. Dangerously accessible but with good cellaring potential. 28/11/2022"
"A fine-tannined pinot with silky texture that sets up an attractive palate of strawberry and black cherry as well as orange peel. Medium body. Bright finish. Drink or hold. Screw cap."
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The New Zealand wine industry is one of the younger wine regions in the world, whose popularity grew immensely when Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc hit the world wine scene, quite unique in style when compared to the typical French Sancerre.
Wine is successfully cultivated on both the North and South islands from a latitude of 36 degrees in the North to 45 degrees for the most southerly wine region in the world, the South Island's Central Otago. The majority of regions are located in free-draining alluvial valleys except for Waiheke Island and Kawarau Gorge in Central Otago and benefit from the moderating effect of the maritime climate as no vineyard is more than 80 miles from the ocean. With plentiful sunshine hours and cool evening sea breezes, the grapes thrive.
Sauvignon Blanc is the major white variety people will think of when you mention New Zealand Whites, however fantastic Chardonnay, Riesling, Pinot Gris, Gewurztraminer and less commonly Viognier, Chenin Blanc and Pinot Blanc. Pinot Noir is the most widely planted red variety in New Zealand although Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot (Bordeaux Blends), Syrah are also grown and in even smaller amounts, Tempranillo and Montepulcianos can too be found. Sparkling wines of very high standards are also made in New Zealand.
The key wine regions in New Zealand include Auckland, Canterbury, Central Otago, Gisborne, Hawke's Bay, Marlborough and Nelson.
Central Otago, located at the southernmost point of the world where wine grapes are grown, is a remarkable wine-growing region that spans over 4,000 square kilometers on New Zealand’s South Island. This spectacular landscape is surrounded by rugged mountains, glacial lakes, and wide-open valleys, which have earned the region a reputation as one of the most scenic wine destinations in the world.
The region is centered around the bustling tourist hub of Queenstown, which is an ideal base to explore the many world-class wineries and vineyards that dot the countryside. The unique soils in Central Otago are characterized by heavy mineral deposits in silt loams that are unlike any other region in New Zealand, resulting in wines with distinctive flavor profiles and complex structures.
Central Otago is New Zealand's only "continental" wine-growing region, which means it experiences greater diurnal temperature fluctuations than any other region in the country. These large swings between low and high temperatures create ideal conditions for growing Pinot Noir, the flagship red varietal of the region. The long, cool, and dry autumn period also plays a significant role in producing some of the world's best Pinot Noirs, which are known for their fragrant aroma, silky texture, and true fruit intensity.
In addition to Pinot Noir, Central Otago is also renowned for its aromatic whites, particularly Riesling, which can be made in styles ranging from bone-dry to very sweet. Gewurztraminer, Pinot Gris, and Chardonnay are also produced to a very high standard, reflecting the region's diverse terroir and the skill of its winemakers.
Central Otago's exceptional wines have earned it a place in Jancis Robinson's top five New World wine-producing regions, cementing its status as one of the most exciting and unique wine destinations in the world. With its awe-inspiring natural beauty, welcoming wineries, and world-class wines, Central Otago is a must-visit destination for any wine lover.
Bendigo is a subzone in the eastern portion of the Central Otago wine region on New Zealand’s South Island, about 55 kilometres from the tourist adventure hub of Queenstown. Bendigo’s focus is primarily Pinot Noir, as its dry, stony, mineral-rich soils and semi-arid climate – with hot sunny days, cool nights, and long, dry autumns – are well-suited for growing and ripening this grape. Bendigo Pinot Noirs have a reputation as powerful expressions of this wine, boasting strong tannins and rich, concentrated flavours. In addition to Pinot Noir, the subzone also grows Riesling, Pinot Gris, and Chardonnay. As the area is hot enough to ripen Syrah, some producers are also beginning to experiment with growing this grape.
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About the brand Valli
In the words of Grant Taylor, the pioneering winemaker of Valli, “When you drink a Valli wine you are enjoying more than just a wine, you are experiencing a place.” True to his words, the wines of Valli are well known in the wine world; Taylor has been awarded three times for ‘Best Pinot Noir’ at one of the world’s largest wine competitions in London.
Located in New Zealand’s Central Otago on the South Island, Valli is named after Taylor’s great-great grandfather who immigrated from New Zealand from an Italian winemaking background. The winery was established in 1998, with a keen focus on creating wines that highlight the diversity among Otago’s subregions, a task Grant has taken on with considerable results.
The winery is based around the close-planted estate vineyard in Gibbston and produces a dry Riesling from vines in the Alexandra basin, and a botrytised Riesling, Dolce Vita, from Lowburn fruit. Valli also makes a range of impressive single-vineyard Pinot Noirs from the Otago subregions of Bannockburn, Bendigo and Waitaki Valley.
Grant’s name is synonymous with Otago Pinot Noir. He has been crafting wines in the region since 1993 when there were only 20 hectares planted - today there are over 2,000. Grant’s accomplishments are well known in the wine world and he is credited with winning the Best Pinot Noir Trophy at a major International Wine Competition in London an unprecedented four times – a feat achieved by no other winemaker in the world.
Over the past 25 years he has made the first wines for a number of iconic Otago wineries, but now the serious focus is on his own creation, Valli.
Established in 1998 and named after his Great-Great Grandfather, Giuseppe Valli, who immigrated to New Zealand from an Italian winemaking background, Grant founded Valli with the aim of creating true representations of Otago’s subregions with unflinching intensity and purity. This was also a first for the region – no one had attempted to capture, let alone master the developing subregional plot that has now begun to unfold as the next exciting chapter in the Otago wine story.