2021 Pyramid Valley Central Otago Manata Pinot Noir

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An Otago Pinot of rare finesse and a sense of real quality. Soft, velvety and brimming with life.

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This is Pyramid Valley's venture down south to Central Otago, purchasing the old vine Lowburn Ferry vineyard in 2018 and renaming it Manata Estate, and currently undergoing organic and biodynamic certification.

This sits on the lighter, silkier side of Otago Pinot, and has an air of elegance rather than grunt. Bright cherry and raspberry fruit, and some exotic spices, and some whole bunchy herbal notes.

A sheer delight to drink.

"Seductive, accessible and tantalisingly complex wine with development potential"
- 96 pts, Bob Campbell MW (The Real Review)

Bright crimson hue. Alluring lifted aromas of thyme and red cherries. An underlying spicy complexity explodes from the glass. The soft silky texture and fine-grain tannins surround bright red fruits and crunchy acidity which give the wine freshness and length.

96 points - "Manata is a vineyard in Lowburn, Central Otago which has been cultivated as a market garden for 150 years to produce soils that are high in organic matter. Dense, rich and concentrated pinot noir with cassis, ripe plum, and mocha flavours. Seductive, accessible and tantalisingly complex wine with development potential." - Bob Campbell MW (The Real Review)

95 points - "Wonderful purity of fruit and elegant unfurling of fruit and soil aromas. A wine of time and place with a bouquet releasing scents of black cherry and crushed rocks, vanilla and clove barrel spices and Doris plums, floral and perfumed, youthful and new. As the wine touches the palate flavours of dark cherries and plums emerge alongside dried raspberry and gentle savoury begin to show. Moderate flavours of newish barrel with a gentle dried herb quality, medium+ acid line and an abundance of polished tannins. Complex, dry, well made and lengthy. A delicious drink on its own or with moderately rich protein based fare." - Cameron Douglas MS

96 points - "Moderately deep ruby-red and a black hue, lighter on the rim. The nose is gently full, with aromas of savoury plum, black cherry, raspberry, black olive, thyme, ash, spice and a hint of game. Medium-bodied aromas of salted plum, black cherry and raspberry interweaved with black olive, thyme, and delicate spice, along with ashy earthy and gamey notes. The fruit is sweet and pure with lacy acid support. Silky tannins leave a powdery coating on the palate and linger with good energy and a savoury, fresh closing. This Pinot Noir is delicate with a refined tannin framework, pure fruit and a lacy, enticing acid line. Match with roasted lamb rack and black pudding over the next 8 years. Fruit from Manata vineyard in Lowburn, handpicked, fermented with wild yeasts, aged in French oak for 12-18 months, bottled unfined, unfiltered." - Raymond Chan

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.

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