Pyramid Valley North Canterbury Chardonnay 2021

35.00

Description

Old vine Mendoza Chardonnay from Waipara Springs on Omihi clay soils, planted between 1982-1986.

Hand-picked and fermented with natural vineyard yeasts and aged in 20% new French oak barrels for 12 months before settling in stainless steel on light less for a further 4 months. Bottled unfined and unfiltered.

Slightly hazy, unfiltered appearance with a golden lemon hue. Complex mineral nose with hazelnut, grilled almond notes supported by ripe stone fruits, citrus fruits and an underlying salinity. Outstanding length and complexity, this will age for 10+ years if properly cellared.

  • Rich, minerally, complex
  • 750ml
  • 14% Alcohol
  • Screwcap
  • Drink by 2031
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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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