The Unique Wines of Pyramid Valley

Pyramid Valley is not like anything else New Zealand has to offer. Without exaggeration, these are wines that are some of the most ambitious, individual and complex to come out of this amazing country.

Mike Weersing, having cut his teeth with the great and the good in Burgundy, scoured New Zealand for land that he thought could produce wines that would offer something different to those of his peers. Along with his wife Claudia, they found what they believed to be the perfect location in North Canterbury, around an hour's drive north of Christchurch.

With Burgundy very much still in their minds, they found a 2.2 hectare site, established four different, very densely planted vineyards based on differing soils and bedrocks. Each block is vinified separately in old oak and in amphora, meaning each wine maintains its unique characteristics.

The story is an exciting one as it stands but it became even more interesting last year when our old friend, Steve Smith MW, acquired the business. As many of you may remember, Steve was the vinous mind behind the huge success of Craggy Range. We tasted the three wines we're offering today with Steve in January and it is safe to say that we were hugely impressed by their quality and uniqueness, quite unlike anything else we have tasted from New Zealand.

We have one Chardonnay and two Pinots to offer you today. The Chardonnay has a lot in common with Chablis although with a little more generosity of fruit on the palate. The two Pinots are very complex yet, thanks to their very different soils, bedrocks and aspects, they are very different to one another. The one common link is their purity of fruit and similarity in structure and profile to Burgundy. All three are from the 2015 vintage - a growing season which Pyramid Valley describe as 'near perfect'.

The Wine Spectator's Matt Kramer has said “If New Zealand has created a finer Pinot Noir than these two single-vineyard wines from Pyramid Valley, I haven’t tasted it”. Lisa Perrotti-Brown MW of the Wine Advocate commented “You may think you know New Zealand wines but I can assure you that until you have tasted Pyramid Valley, you have no idea."

Pyramid Valley is undoubtedly one of New Zealand's most exciting stories and now, in Steve's hands, its future looks even brighter. Volumes are tiny so we fully expect these wines to disappear quickly. Each wine has its own individual story to tell so to truly understand this amazing project, we'd recommend a six bottle case of each!

 

Minimum Order – 12 bottles
These wines are en route from the winery and will be available for delivery from November


2015 Earth Smoke Pinot Noir

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“The Earth Smoke Pinot Noir is named after the fumitory herb. It is one of the lowest vineyards in the property which possibly explains the more generous fruit character, both on the nose and on the palate. It also has a much heavier clay soil which produces a denser, more savoury style of Pinot, not entirely dissimilar to Gevrey. There are layers of complexity here with ripe red cherry fruits, subtle hints of spice and a very moreish acidity running through the wine to a very long finish. This is a very serious Pinot. 283 cases were made, the alcohol is just 12.5%."

17.5 points, Farr Vintners

“Very fine and detailed with lovely focus and freshness. Lively cherry and plum fruit with some spiciness. Nice freshness and detail with some grip. Good structure and acidity."

96 points, Jamie Goode, WineAnorak.com


2015 Angel Flower Pinot Noir

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“The Angel Flower vineyard is so named because of the abundance of the yarrow plant on the plot. The nose takes you to Burgundy rather than to New Zealand - perhaps in part due to the plot being more exposed than others, imbuing a delicacy and elegance to the wine. On the palate there is the perfect mix of pure, crisp cherry fruit and the savoury 'sous bois' element that is ubiquitous in great Pinot. Sweet yet savoury, dense yet elegant. 266 cases made, 13% alcohol."

17 points, Farr Vintners

“This is spectacular. It has a sense of entrancing fragrance and weightlessness but delivers purpose and power. With vibrant red cherry fruits it smells fresh and mouth-watering, with hints of rosehip and pomegranate, underlying spices and background foresty notes of wood and earth. It delivers a smooth-wrapped ball of red cherry flavor into the middle of the palate and unfolds in all directions. Extremely expansive, velvety and supple, it opens in true flower-like form. Beautiful. Drink now."

97 points, JamesSuckling.com



Minimum Order – 12 bottles
These wines are en route from the winery and will be available for delivery from November