Pyramid Valley Angel Flower Pinot Noir 2015
$160.00 inc. GST
97/100 – James Suckling
95/100 – Jamie Goode
93/100 – Bob Campbell
19.0/20 – Raymond Chan
Top 10 – James Suckling’s Top New Zealand Wines of 2017
“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.” – James Suckling
“Even ruby-red colour with slight purple hues, lighter on the rim. This is very elegant and tightly bound with refined and ethereal aromas of red cherry fruit entwined with red florals and subtle notes of fresh herbs. This is seamlessly integrated on the nose, and an expression of beauty and florality. Medium-bodied, the palate rich and lively, vibrant aromatic red cherry and berry fruits entwined with an array of red florals, with subtle herb notes. The fruit forms a refined core and line with supple, fine-grained extraction and textures. The mouthfeel features plenty of energy from the acidity, and the wine has drive and linearity, flowing along to a ling and sustained, elegant and fragrant finish. This is an elegant, refined, rich and lively red cherry and floral fruited Pinot Noir with supple and fine-grained tannins and a fresh mouthfeel. Serve with tuna and salmon, poultry and pork over the next 5-6+ years. From a very steep north-facing slope, 15% clay and 5-10% active lime. Hand-destemmed and partially foot-crushed, indigenous yeast fermented to 13.0% alc., the wine aged 12 months in 10% French oak. 3,198 bottles made.” – Raymond Chan
“Sappy edged floral red cherry fruit. Highly perfumed and pretty detailed. Pure on the palate with lovely supple elegant fruit. Nice finesse with some green hints and lovely detail.” – Jamie Goode
“Seamless pinot noir, with a core of red berry fruit, floral notes and a thread of saline, mineral character plus a seasoning of fresh herbs. Complex, elegant wine with a silken texture and lengthy finish.” – Bob Campbell
Tasting Note: Pretty, sustained light ruby: 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.
Winemaking Notes: Only 34hl/ha from this very steep north-facing slope, tipped to the sun and sky. Coarse, shallow soils promote aromatics; 15% clay, 5-10% active lime. Carefully sorted, hand destemmed, and partially crushed by foot. Fermented with yeasts from the vineyard, cuvaison of one lunar cycle, 27-28 days. Settled for another lunar cycle, transferred by gravity to barrel, all French, 10% new. Elevage of 12 months, then bottled unfined and unfiltered, on a propitious day.
Certification: Organic, Biodynamic
Varietal: Pinot Noir
Region: North Canterbury, New Zealand