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
“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