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Valli, Waitaki Vineyard Chardonnay, North Otago - 2018

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Aromas of lemon zest, stone fruit cobbler, flint, and a hint of nutmeg. The palate is beautifully balanced with rich texture that comes from lees stirring and great length coming from the wonderful limestone-centric soils of the Waitaki. It is concentrated and finely detailed; full of character with youthful vibrancy. Chardonnay in the Waitaki is rare but worth seeking out. Made in minuscule quantities, this wine is a treasure to enjoy now but will continue to delight for years to come.

"The 3 vintages produced so far show wide variation. The 2015 was taut with an austere, energetic minerality and the 2017 was almost the opposite: pure density and concentration. The 2018 is in a different direction again: it is the beautiful but shy little sister, the one to enjoy watching as it develops and become more confident with the passing of time. There is though, still a common thread which is the Waitaki’s cool climate and limestone-based fingerprint: vibrant acidity and wines that are all about length with layers of flavour." 

Grant Taylor