Pyramid Valley Angel Flower Pinot Noir 2016
$125.00 inc. GST
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96/100 – James Suckling
95/100 – Cameron Douglas MS
4.5 stars – Michael Cooper
“A wine with considerable, deep-set, spicy allure that has aromas of dried roses, blueberries, purple cherries and pot-pourri. The palate delivers a beautifully plush array of fine and seamless tannins, an exceptionally smooth mouthfeel and a long, alluring and convincing finish. Drink now. Screw cap.” – James Suckling
“Flowers, brown spices, earth and mineral moments, tea and pressed roses – the very nature of the bouquet is one of complexity and intrigue. On the palate – complex, dry, savoury and earthy. Flavours do reflect the bouquet, texture are something different – more savoury and intense with dried herb and fine tannins, a a natural level of acidity and complexity. Long and intriguing finish. Well made, youthful and natural. Drink now and through 2026+” – Cameron Douglas MS
“Showing some early maturity, the 2016 vintage was estate-grown on an elevated, north-facing slope at Waikari, in North Canterbury. Matured for a year in French oak casks (10 per cent new), and bottled unfined and unfiltered, it has a savoury, slightly herbal bouquet. Mouthfilling, it is a very savoury, rather than vibrantly fruity, wine, spicy, herbal and complex, with fine-grained tannins, and excellent flavour depth and harmony. Best drinking now-2021.” – Michael Cooper
Tasting Note: Dense, sustained ruby/garnet. Dizzyingly aromatic, swells from the glass: indurate spice – clove, cumin, caraway, cassia; ripe and bright red fruit – raspberry, redcurrant, Morello cherry. Quite a head-spinning, aromatic ride. Penetrating, juicy, sappy, brisk yet enveloping; vibrant flavours of red fruit and spice; also a lively earthy component that is relatively new to this vineyard, arriving in recent vintages: born of vine age and a deeper root structure, no doubt. One could hardly ask for a more invigorating, seductive, and briskly legitimate example of this wine.
Winemaking Notes: A somewhat exacting, but ultimately rewarding and generous season, in this beautiful, very steep, north-facing block. Coarse, shallow soils promote aroma; 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.
Variety: Pinot Noir
Region: Waikari, North Canterbury, New Zealand