Valli The Real McCoy Pinot Gris Orange 2018
$39.90 inc. GST
95/100 – Sam Kim, Wine Orbit
“Orange” wine is a category or genre of wine, sometimes referred to as “amber” or “skins ferment” wines. The category is defined by fermenting white grapes on skins, a technique more often used with red grapes. The spectrum of how the technique is deployed varies based on the producer or region and a range of grape varieties can be used. In 2017 we again selected Pinot Gris from our Gibbston vineyard with the two previous vintages showing us that the combination of this variety with the ancient technique and our beautifully fragrant subregion is a winning one. The pristine fruit in 2017 was a great incentive to experiment with more whole clusters in the fermentation (15%) and longer time on skins (40 days – double the amount of the 2016). The pressing decision was made on taste – on day 40 we found the wine was in perfect harmony. After 13 months in old Pinot Noir barrels and an additional 6 weeks in tank, the wine was bottled with no fining and no filtration. Each year we see a greater sense of place in our Valli Gibbston Pinot Noir and Pinot Gris and we continue to see our special place in the Real McCoy Orange Pinot Gris. This reinforces everything we believe about provenance and the importance of site.
Tasting Note: The colour of the wine comes from the grape skins and the semi-oxidative handling and is as unique as the character of the wine itself. A warmer vintage, with the inclusion of more whole bunches gave us a pale peach colour that is remarkably similar to the 2017 which was a cool vintage. The nose is quite exotic with lychee, orange blossom, star anise, and cream soda. The 2018 has more savoury attributes with a delicious sesame seed / umami note along with pomegranate, lychee, and almond. The beautiful fine tannin is more pronounced than previous vintages and is complimented by the fresh acidity that sings loudly of Gibbston. The Real McCoy gives exciting opportunities for food pairing including charcuterie platters, pork roast, risotto, grilled or poached salmon, Lebanese dishes, Indian cuisine, sushi, hard cheeses.
Alcohol Volume: 13.5%
Variety: Pinot Gris
Region: Gibston Valley, Central Otago, New Zealand