Drunk January 2014
Gibbston Valley Wines was founded by Alan Brady who planted his first grapes in 1981 with the first commercial wine in 1987. Brady is originally from Northern Ireland, but moved to New Zealand over 50 years ago. He left the day-to-day running of Gibbston Valley in 1997 to concentrate on his own, smaller vineyard and winery, Mount Edward. He is now retired, but retains shares in Gibbston Valley Wines and Mount Edward and is a director of Felton Road Wines in Bannockburn
Gibbston Valley has seven vineyards, two in the Gibbston sub-region and five in the Bendigo sub-region. A semi-continental climate with extreme diurnal rhythms, temperatures can fluctuate during the growing season between 30 degrees centigrade during the day and 5 degrees at night.
Gibbston Valley 1982
Gibbston Valley wines caught my eye because the 2012 Pinot Noir won the best wine of Decanter's January 2014 review of Central Otago Pinot's.
This 2006 was almost see through in the glass. The palate was complex and velvety smooth with a savoury, herby, blackberry, sweet cherry liquer and smokiness. Very forward, very fresh. Great.
Bought hard to find wines £26.