Heaps of character. I’d drink it now, and enjoy it for its unfettered and wild personality. Great drinking
About The Wine
The legacy of the Weersings seems in good hands with the new guard at Pyramid Valley. The new Appellations Series wines are fantastic, perhaps highlighted by this delicious and complex North Canterbury Pinot Noir.
It's a blend of four different vineyards across the Waipara region, all worked biodynamically. 30% whole bunches in the ferment and this shows in the herbal, peppery, savoury palate that has tremendous length and a fair amount of power.
The mouthfeel is fine-tuned not loose knit, and there will be more flavours to unfurl with time in the cellar or glass. For now the earth, pepper and spice dominates a Pinot that is not classically NZ in any sense.
About Pyramid Valley
In the year 2000, Mike and Claudia Elze Weersing found the patch of earth they'd been searching 15 years for.\n
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.\n
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.