Pyramid Valley North Canterbury Orange 2022



A blend of five grapes from three sustainably farmed vineyards, free of artificial chemicals or fertilisers, whole bunch fermented in open top fermenters and aged in clay amphora and old barrels for 6 months. Pinot Gris is the backbone here, 78% of the blend, with Sauvignon Blanc (14%), Pinot Noir (7%) and, like the seasoning in fine cuisine, just a splash each of Gewürztraminer and Muscat.

Slightly hazy orange hue, with a lifted, complex nose of spices and florals — almost campari like. An explosion of flavour hits your mouth with Christmas spices and orange rind, soft fine tannins coat the mouth leaving a savoury and moreish finish. This is just stunning.

Metro Top 50 Wines 2023: “…where else do you find aromatic notes of honey, tonic, pine, rose petal, lemon confit, apricot, yellow clover, savoury orange marmalade, even “spiced orange cake for Christmas”, as one judge mentioned.”

  • Dry, silky, savoury
  • 750ml
  • 13% 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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  • Metro Top 50 Wines 2023

    ...where else do you find aromatic notes of honey, tonic, pine, rose petal, lemon confit, apricot, yellow clover, savoury orange marmalade, even "spiced orange cake for Christmas", as one judge mentioned. Here, a sweet fruit body and a supple mouthfeel combined with tea-like tannins to make an impressive wine.

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