17 Valley

2009 Mount Riley Pinot Noir

Our Seventeen Valley range is a considered, handcrafted wine for connoisseurs. Our best fruit goes into this range and it's made with our best efforts and only in our best vintages. A special occassion wine, available very selectively.

  • Awards

    2009 Silver Medal, Air New Zealand Wine Awards 2011
    2009 91 Points, Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate, USA
    2009 93+ points, Ken Gargett, Australia
    2009 Silver Royal NZ Easter Show 2011
    2009 Commended at the International Wine Challenge 2011
    2009 4 1/2 Stars Wine Orbit, Sam Kim

  • Reviews

    Robert Parker's Wine Advocate, 91+

    The 2009 17 Valley Pinot Noir gives a pale to medium ruby-purple colour and intense black cherry and pomegranate aromas wit some loam, tree bark, black pepper and forest floor. Crisp in the mouth with a medium level of fine grained tannins, this medium-full bodied Pinot displays a great concentration of berry fruit and earth flavoured layers and great persistence. Approachable now, it should drink to 2015+.

    Peter Forrestal, Australia's Sunday Times 19 June 2011

    This flagship pinot, largely sourced from 17 Valley vineyard in Marlborough, is something special. It has riotously floral, toffee-apple aromatics, intense raspberry and black-cherry flavours, and a velvety, almost satiny, texture.

    Mount Riley Seventeen Valley Pinot Noir 2005

    Gourmet Traveller Wine Dec/Jan 2009, Bob Campbell MW 91 Points

    Stylish wine with dense cherry, plum and spice flavours and a lingering finish. the wine is fresh with good purity and a pleasing minerality rare in Marlborough pinot noir. It's also beginning to show the benefits of bottle age.

    Wine NZ Magazine, Autumn 2008

    Bold colour. Fragrant forest floor notes and some spice. Palate is ripe and full showing dark cherry, plum, red currant and chocolate. There is plenty of finely integrated, spicy oak. Concentrated, very creamy textured, plush wine with miles of room for development yet. Big, lush, ripe tannins and mineral finish. Top class.

  • Tasting Notes
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The majority of the grapes from which this wine was made were grown on the vineyard from which the 17 Valley range takes its name. 17 Valley vineyard has a north west aspect and captures one of Marlborough’s warmest air flows. This warmth imparts exceptional fruit sweetness and fine ripe tannins. Grapes are hand picked, cold soaked, fermented using indigenous yeast, gently pressed then aged in French oak barrels. A complex Pinot Noir with ripe red fruit flavours complemented by aromas of spice, dried herb, forest floor and toast. A wine of elegance and concentration.

Other Information
Colour: Deep crimson with garnet and ruby hues.
Bouquet: Aromas of dark cherry, red berry and floral notes. Secondary aromas of spice, dried herb, earthiness and light smokiness add complexity.
Palate: Concentrated and complex flavours. Fine tannins and a lingering finish.
Drink: Drinking well now and up to 2017. Match with game, red meat and rich, robust vegetable based dishes.