Pyramid Valley North Canterbury Pinot Noir 2018

39.00

Description

A blend of 5 vineyards through North Canterbury – the Three Sisters, Shed Block, Porter’s and Frank’s Block vineyards in Waipara, and the Damsteep Vineyard in the north east of Waipara Valley – with vines planted between 1999 and 2008.

Grapes are hand-picked and fermented with natural vineyard yeasts in open top fermenters with 30% whole bunch, then aged in French barrels, 20% new, for 11 months before settling in stainless steel on light less for a further 4 months. Bottled unfined and unfiltered.Rich

Bright appearance with a ruby red hue, showing a lifted floral nose with raspberry and cherry aromas, with an abundance of savoury/earthy complexity. The palate is vibrant with terrific tension and length, showing a nice mixture of bright fruit/herbal elements and a savoury structure that North Canterbury is renowned for.

  • Elegant, complex, savoury
  • 750ml
  • 13% Alcohol
  • Screwcap
  • Drink by 2028
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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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95 Points
Cameron Douglas

Reviews

  • Cameron Douglas

    Enticing and layered aromatics of Pinot Noir centering on aromas of cherry and preserved apple, baking spices and old roses, a earthy contextual earthy core enhanced with oak. Tense, poised, youthful, complex and dry on the palate. Flavours of red berries and rose, oak spices and earthy qualities, a natural synergy. Fine to firm tannins and medium+ acidity. Youthful yet balanced, lengthy and complex. Drinking well now and through 2023+. 95 points.

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