GIBBSTON VALLEY WINERY’S PINOT NOIRS SHINE
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.