Bannockburn, Central Otago, New Zealand
||Medium ruby red with garnet hue
||A lifted fragrance mingling fresh florals, dried herb, red & blue fruit, liquorice, earthy loam and new leather
||The flavours mirror the aromas with bright fruit, a savoury edge and delicious floral notes. Immediately fresh, the silky textured palate builds in the mouth and crescendos with a memorable, lingering finish. Vibrant at release, this wine is apt for cellaring and will continue to evolve for 15+/-years
The location of Valli’s Bannockburn Vineyard is only 20km from Gibbston in the Cromwell basin but the difference in climate is responsible for creating markedly different wines. The Bannockburn wines reflect this warmer area by displaying darker fruits, by being denser, more powerful and with longevity based more on their tannin structure, as opposed to Gibbston wines which are based more on their acidity. The soils are also windblown loess over gravelly schist but with sandier, deeper topsoil, which allows for free draining. Climate, rather than soil, attributes to the main difference in the wines.
- The vines were planted in the year 2000 on deep, moderately sandy and free draining soils.
- 29% aged in new oak barrels for 11 months
- No fining or filtration used during the winemaking process
- 22% whole bunches added
Awards and Reviews
- Best in Show, 97/100 Points - Decanter World Wine Awards
- Gold Medal, International Wine Challenge, London
- 95/100 Points – Cameron Douglas MS
- 95/100 - Bob Campbell MW
- 5 Stars – Awarded “Classic” Status - Michael Cooper
- 94/100 Points – Rebecca Gibb MW, Vinous.com