|Grape/Varietal : Pinot Noir||Color : Red|
|Origin : New Zealand||Bottle Size : 75cl|
|Region : Canterbury||ABV : 13%|
|Vintage : 2014||Natural Factor : Demeter, Biodynamic|
The Pyramid Valley life and environmentally sensitive wine venture of Mike and Claudia Weersing was established when they purchased their property in the Waikari Valley in North Canterbury in 2000 to make Chardonnay and Pinot Noir on clay-limestone soils.
Their respect for the environment and philosophy has led to Pyramid Valley becoming a cult winery and for many an iconic winery. Their adoption of techniques to make the wine as naturally as possible includes biodynamics as the foundation for doing so, and Pyramid Valley is certified Demeter biodynamic.
The ‘Home’ vineyard is small, only 2.2 ha in size and divided into four blocks, two each for Chardonnay and Pinot Noir, the vines close-planted at a density of 10-12,000 vines per hectare. The ‘Lion’s Tooth’ and ‘Field of Fire’ Chardonnays and ‘Earth Smoke’ and ‘Angel Flower’ Pinot Noirs are labelled after the common names of the predominant weed species in each block. The Chardonnays employ the use of clay amphora, and both Chardonnay and Pinot Noirs predominantly use seasoned oak as part of the philosophy of maximising natural influences and minimalizing external inputs which may affect the wine expressing their provenance.
Pyramid Valley also has wines under the ‘Growers Collection’, made from fruit from vineyards of friends with like-minded growing philosophies. Pyramid Valley leases portions of these vineyards and apply their own viticultural regimes. The ‘Growers Collection’ has considerably broadened the range of wines in the Pyramid Valley portfolio, providing wines from different varieties and regions. However, the same standards and approaches in the winemaking remain identical to the making of the ‘Home Collection’ wines.
This 100% Pinot Noir is a pretty, sustained light ruby color: no purple ensign of over extraction. At very first, a bit closed, with a youthful hint of reduction. This quickly decamps, revealing bright, lifted red fruit: raspberry, morello cherry. Shows perhaps less immediate spice than other vintages, but stronger soil tones. Bright, sappy, fresh, with great allure, and certain energy. Long, palate-staining finish. Frolicsome, but somehow, simultaneously devout; playful but ardent. Perhaps season, though more likely vine age and root depth – whatever the source, this Angel Flower offers familiar charm, but new gravitas.
Pairs Well With:
Roast Pork with Herbed Potatoes
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