2020 Pyramid Valley Lion's Tooth Chardonnay

Highly Rated
NZ Chardonnay of class and power, of layers and length. Vey limited stock.

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Lion's Tooth is 'dent-de-lion', or dandelion. Never knew that's where the word dandelion came from, despite the huge amount of French wine we've drunk.

There are dandelions all over this tiny 0.4 ha site that produces Chardonnay of rare depth and complexity. It is bigger and broader than the Field of Fire while still retaining tension and drive.

Chalky, sinewy, needs opening up in the glass, or time in the cellar.

One of NZ's most exceptional white wines.

The winemaking is the same as for the Field of Fire yet the differences in the signature of place are obvious. Here, the terroir offers breadth and layers, although the wine retains the cool energy of the climate and the limestone soils. This needs more air to open now, and with time the glass reveals loads of flinty, smoky complexity intertwined with roasted nuts and restrained, yet ripe stone fruits. In the mouth the wine is a marriage of controlled power and elegance—mouth-filling texture matched by clarity and vibrancy, and a chalky, saline persistence. Another Chardonnay of singular character and deliciousness.

Region: Canterbury, NZ
Blend: Chardonnay (100%)
ABV: 14%
Closure: 750ml
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95 Points - "Quite a rich, smooth-textured wine with mineral/oyster shell notes. Taut, distinctive chardonnay with high energy and a silky saltiness. Very distinctive, a wine that stands out in any crowd" - Bob Campbell (The Real Review)

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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