17 Valley

2012 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.

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    John Hawkesby

    This is the top-tier pinot from an established Marlborough producer. The Seventeen Valley site produces wines with rich dark fruits and big concentration. It's opulent with great structure and plenty of swagger. Look for fine tannins and balanced acidity as well as secondary characters of dried herbs, earthiness and toasted spice.

    Raymond Chan

    Moderately full, deep ruby-red colour with slight purple hues. This has a full and rich nose of ripe dark raspberry fruits along with notes of cherry liqueur, dark spices and a little oak toast. Medium-full bodied, concentrated, rich and luscious fruit flavours of dark raspberries form a deep core. This is primary in expression, with nuances of dark herbs and oak emerging in glass. The fruit is encased by very fine-grained tannins, and the extraction provides considerable structure and depth. The palate is very well-balanced, between fruit richness and textural mouthfeel, with fresh, lacy acidity resulting in tension and drive. The flavours lead to an elegant, dry finish with spiced red berry fruits. This is a tightly concentrated Pinot Noir with rich and ripe raspberry fruit flavours and serious, refined structure. Match with pork and lamb dishes, and Mediterranean fare over the next 5-6+ years. Clones 5, 777 and 115 from the ‘Seventeen Valley’ and ‘Waihopi’ vineyards, hand-picked, given a cold soak and indigenous yeast fermented with a portion of whole bunches to 14.0% alc., the wine aged 10 months in new and seasoned French oak barrels.
    18.5/20

  • Awards

    5 Stars - Raymond Chan 2013
    Pure Silver - Air New Zealand Wine Awards 2013
    92 Points - Bob Campbell

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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.