2016 Pyramid Valley Angel Flower Pinot Noir

Highly Rated
One of the most ethereal and rare Pinot Noirs in the Land of the Long White Cloud. A biodynamic gem of a wine.

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The Angel Flower Pinot Noir is a wine that eloquently tells the story of its home every year.

This is the finer-boned of the twin Pyramid Valley Pinot Noirs, it's a thing of beauty when on song.

It's a delicate Pinot Noir, built around complexity and nuance rather than out and out power. The fruit is all destemmed by hand, a laborious process that ensures only the very best pristine fruit makes its way from the vineyard to bottle.

The word 'ethereal' gets thrown around in wine more than it should, but it's more than apt when describing this particular wine.

Angel Flower is a cooler, more exposed block than Earth Smoke. The shallow soils and north-facing aspect here result in a more floral and aromatic wine, although the weight and shape of the palate have much in common with Pyramid’s other single-site Pinot. Following Mike Weersing’s vineyard blueprints, the new team recently planted a little Chardonnay on these soils, recognising its potential also as a great white wine terroir.

Angel Flower is the prettiest of many synonyms for yarrow, a grassland and pasture plant with delicate, fennel-like leaves and a brilliant mass of white flowers. Yarrow is the basis of the biodynamic preparation 502, and is strongly associated with mobilising natural sulphur and potassium in the soil. The winemaking for both wines is almost identical: picked by hand and partially crushed by foot, the wine fermented with its vineyard yeasts and was primarily raised in old French oak (just 10% new). It was bottled unfined and unfiltered.

Region: Canterbury, NZ
Blend: Pinot Noir (100%)
ABV: 13.50%
Closure: 750ml
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94 Points - "The 2016 Angel Flower Pinot Noir, like its Earth Smoke stablemate, is a delicate ruby hue in the glass, showing that colour (at least in Pinot Noir) often has very little to do with flavour or intensity. On the nose, delicate herbal and floral nuances dance atop a base of freshly turned earth and ripe black cherries. In the mouth, it's medium to full-bodied, rich and concentrated yet silky and fresh, with a lingering, elegant finish that ends on an uplifting herbal note. It should drink well for a decade, perhaps longer." - Joe Czerwinski (The Wine Advocate)

96 Points - "A wine with considerable, deep-set, spicy allure that has aromas of dried roses, blueberries, purple cherries and pot-pourri. The palate delivers a beautifully plush array of fine and seamless tannins, an exceptionally smooth mouthfeel and a long, alluring and convincing finish. Drink now." - JamesSuckling.com

Customer Reviews

Pyramid Valley

In the year 2000, Mike and Claudia Elze Weersing found the patch of earth they'd been searching 15 years for.

With a background in winemaking from Burgundy and vintages of experience from some of Europe's finest cellars, Mike knew what he wanted in a vineyard site. With Claudia by his side, they set about planting a biodynamic Garden of Eden from the ground up.

They planted four blocks, half Pinot Noir, half Chardonnay, on the slopes of Pyramid Valley in the South Island.

In 2017 the baton was passed to friends Steve Smith (of Craggy Range renown) and Brian Sheth, who took over the ownership of Pyramid Valley, to further develop this extraordinary legacy. One of their first developments was to extend the Pyramid Valley range to a magnificent winery in Central Otago.

These are some of the most compelling and individual wines in all of New Zealand that have deservedly received much critical acclaim.

The stunning Pyramid Valley Vineyard - Canterbury, NZ Pyramid Valley

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