Pyramid Valley Central Otago Pinot Noir 2020

39.00

Description

Planted in 2000 on a gentle north facing slope with a mix of clones, and undergoing organic conversion since 2018. Soils are predominately loess over deep silts that have developed pedogenic lime deposits.

Grapes are hand-harvested at the end of March and carefully destemmed, with a small portion of whole bunch, into open top fermenters and wooden cuves for fermentation. The wine was aged in French oak barriques, 20% new, for around 10 months.

Medium dark purple with clear hues, showing fragrant blackberry and raspberry with hints of liquorice, black pepper and clove. Richly textured with lovely minerality, supporting sweet red plum, cherry and spice. Complex with a long and silky sweet berry finish, this is quite exquisite drinking.

  • Elegant, complex, savoury
  • 750ml
  • 14% Alcohol
  • Screwcap
  • Drink by 2030
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Producer: Pyramid Valley

The wines of Pyramid Valley are born in the dramatic soils and slopes of the Waikari Estate in North Canterbury and the Manata Estate in Central Otago, south island New Zealand.

Mike and Claudia Weersing bought the very first plot in 2000 and spent 17 years establishing the vineyards using only biodynamic viticulture, gaining a world-wide reputation for the remarkable Chardonnay and Pinot Noir wines produced. The estate was taken over in 2017 by good friends Steve Smith and Brian Sheth, Steve a wine superstar and renowned for establishing Craggy Range in Hawke’s Bay and Martinborough. The two added the Manata Estate in Lowburn, Central Otago, in 2018, an exceptional site for Pinot Noir.

The estates remain tended according to the holistic principles of biodynamics, working with the energy of the cosmos and feeding the soils and ecosystem of the site, being in tune with each of the vineyards and its unique needs based on individual soil type, site aspect, ecosystem and local climate. In the cellar, the winemaking follows natural principles with the use of indigenous yeasts, natural fining and minimal, if any, filtration. The ultimate goal at Pyramid Valley is to guide the vines from the earth to the bottle, producing wines that truly breathe of their place.

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94 Points
Christina Pickard, Wine Enthusiast

Reviews

  • Christina Pickard, Wine Enthusiast

    It's lightweight but not without substance or layers. Gentle berry notes mingle with savory, mushroom and soy sauce nuances. It really comes to life on the palate, which is both vivacious and structured, the chalky tannins and crunchy acidity jiving with juicy, silky fruit. Elegant, poised and highly drinkable. Drink now and over the next five to eight years. 94 points.

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