One of our dear friends in Central Otago is Grant Taylor, the former winemaker of Gibbston Valley Vineyards and proprietor of Valli Vineyards, one of the great producers of Central Otago. Grant is an iconic figure in Central, equally beloved for his wonderful wines and his quick wit. Over the course of several months in 2013 we decided that it would be great fun to swap grapes from each other’s estate vineyard and make the wines, with each of us vineyard-designating the result. This is the third year of our collaboration. In our view, there’s no finer vineyard in the Gibbston region than Grant’s. The professionalism, care and love which go into the management of this site are exemplary.
Pinot Noir bunches (clones UCD5, Dijon 115 and Dijon 777) were hand-harvested from 18-year-old vines on 7th April 2017 at a ripeness of 23.3 Brix. All fruit was destemmed and spent 20 days on skins. Aged in Damy oak (29% new). Alcohol 13%; pH 3.58; TA 5.7g/L.
The 2017 Burn Cottage Valli Vineyard wine displays layers of cherry, plum, liquorice, chocolate and dark savoury complexity. The palate has richness and succulence with a balanced delicate acidity, firm tannins and a lovely persistence. Cellar for 8-10 years. - Claire Mulholland