2020 Pyramid Valley North Canterbury Chardonnay

Highly Rated
Pyramid Valley |North Canterbury |Chardonnay
A favourite of our NZ white wines year on year - a piercing, saline Chardonnay that rang our pleasure bell, and got us ordering as much as we could.

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NZ Chardonnay can be fat, oatmealy and expensive. And then you have Pyramid Valley turning over the applecart completely with this brilliant wine - so linear, pristine and savoury.

It's a crystalline wine of cut-diamond precision but retains a sense of textural interest - it's hazy, unfined and unfiltered. There's abundant vibrancy in the crunchy citrus and green melon fruit, and an umami, almost balsamic tang. So much of interest here.

Old vine mendoza clone Chardonnay, raised in French oak for a year before going back into tank to settle for four months before bottling, with minimal sulphur additions.

Hand-picked and fermented with natural vineyard yeasts and aged in 20% new French oak barrels for 12 months before settling in stainless steel on light less for a further 4 months. Bottled unfined and unfiltered.
Slightly hazy, unfiltered appearance with a golden lemon hue. Complex mineral nose with hazelnut, grilled almond notes supported by ripe stone fruits, citrus fruits and an underlying salinity.

Region: Canterbury, NZ
Blend: Chardonnay (100%)
ABV: 14%
Closure: 750ml
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95 Points - "Slightly oaky on the nose with grapefruit, oyster shell and lime juice flavours supported by fine, peppery phenolics. Nice fruit sweetness balanced by ripe acidity. Well made wine in an appealing style." - 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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