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A tast­ing panel of wine ex­perts headed up by re­spected in­ter­na­tional judge John Belsham re­viewed 325 Pinot Noir wines from through­out New Zealand for Cui­sine mag­a­zine. With only 25 re­ceiv­ing 5 stars, win­ning two was a ma­jor coup!

The Gibb­ston Val­ley Cen­tral Otago Pinot Noir 2011 shone for the judges, who ranked it num­ber 6 in the Top 10 Pinot Noirs. Judges lauded the mod­ern-style pinot as ‘a dark, con­cen­trated wine with be­guil­ing flo­ral aro­mat­ics lead­ing to a rich, full-on mouth­ful’. The 2011 Gibb­ston Val­ley Pinot Noir’s re­sult is ex­cel­lent, with its Top 10 sta­tus high­light­ing its proven con­sis­tent qual­ity. Also re­ceiv­ing five stars was the Gibb­ston Val­ley China Ter­race Cen­tral Otago Pinot Noir 2011 with judges com­ment­ing that the pinot ‘shone like a bea­con, rep­re­sent­ing the essence of the re­gion with an al­lur­ing core of ripe dark fruit edged with a tarry, min­eral note’.

Judges didn’t hold back with their praise for the 2011 Gibb­ston Val­ley School House Pinot Noir ei­ther, giv­ing it 4 stars and claim­ing the wine of­fered no short­age of ‘raz­zle-daz­zle’. The Gibb­ston Val­ley Glen­lee Pinot Noir 2011 also re­ceived 4 stars, im­press­ing the judges with its ‘bram­bly sweet­ness, hint of leafi­ness and a dash of charry, meaty oak, all held to­gether by pow­er­ful tan­nins’.

Vis­i­tors can sam­ple the wines for them­selves by vis­it­ing the win­ery’s cel­lar door or vine­yard restau­rant. Gibb­ston Val­ley Win­ery is home to NZ’s largest and in­no­va­tive wine cave, avail­able for wine tours, pri­vate func­tions, wed­dings and spe­cial oc­ca­sions.

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