Valli is the personal vocation of pioneering Otago winemaker, Grant Taylor.
"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."
As featured in Rebecca Gibb MW’s top New Zealand white wines from 2018: 90 Points - Decanter Magazine. Only 775 cases produced, and fewer than 28 cases imported.
Decanter Magazine, Rebecca Gibb MW: "Hailing from the coolest part of Central Otago, Pinot Gris here retains a sense of direction despite its inclination toward richness on the palate. Aromatically, imagine walking into a florists that also has a side-line in Parma Violets and you’ll get the picture. The finish is off-dry and satisfying with a touch of grippy phenolics providing a framework on the medium-length finish."
As featured in Rebecca Gibb MW’s top New Zealand white wines from 2018: 91 Points Decanter Magazine. Only 316 cases produced and only 28 cases imported.
Decanter Magazine, Rebecca Gibb MW: "Floral and full of nectarine and orange fruit, this is a wine of two halves: at first it’s sweet, juicy and welcoming, then the finish is satisfyingly structured, offering a fine-grained texture and precise acidity. Valli's Grant Taylor has been making wine in Waitaki for over a decade and has recently purchased a vineyard, so this is one to follow."
Wine Enthusiast 92/100 Points - Editors' Choice. The winery is sold out. Only 651 cases produced and less than 25 cases imported.
Christina Pickard, Contributing Editor, Wine Entusiast: "Otago veteran Grant Taylor's single vineyard wines are an excellent deep dive into Otago's varied terroirs. This vintage of Bannockburn is particularly pretty and approachable, and less rich than the Gibbston. Heady notes of raspberry, vanilla, clove and white pepper envelop the senses. The bright, tart berries continue on the palate where the tightly wound, sinewy tannins are balanced by crunchy acidity. Drink now–2028."
93/100 Points - Wine Spectator Insider: "Distinctly spicy, with sarsaparilla, clove and cedar notes that mingle with dense blackberry and blueberry flavors. The tannins are firm, the acidity fresh. Details of sandalwood and cigar box linger on the finish. Drink now through 2034. From New Zealand." – M.W.
The winery is sold out. Only 495 cases produced, and fewer than 25 cases imported.
92/100 Points Wine Spectator Insider: "Shows presence and structure, with herbal and licorice notes setting up the framework for the dense and spicy blackberry and cherry flavors at the core. Fine-grained tannins and spicy black tea details fan out on the finish. Drink now through 2033. From New Zealand." – M.W.
The winery is sold out. Only 1,353 cases produced, and fewer than 25 cases imported.
19.5/20 Points - 5 Stars - Raymond Chan. The winery is sold out. Only 632 cases produced, and fewer than 25 cases imported.
Raymond Chan: "This is beautifully intense and fine in penetration. Medium to medium-full bodied, the fruit is vibrantly rich and sweet, with dark-red cherry and berry flavours and subtle notes of dark herbs and an array of red and violet florals. The mouthfeel is refined, possessing excellent freshness and vitality, with fresh acidity and very fine-grained tannin extraction. The wine flows with very good energy leading to a long, sustained aromatic finish of cherries and berries with fragrant florals. This is a beautifully elegant Pinot Noir built on dark-red cherry and berry fruit with fragrant aromatics and subtle herb and whole bunch nuances on a refined palate."