Pyramid Valley Earth Smoke Pinot Noir 2016
$125.00 inc. GST
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95/100 – James Suckling
94/100 – Cameron Douglas MS
5 stars – Michael Cooper
“This has a very enticing and complex nose with lightly smoky red and purple cherries, freshly ground baking spices and sappy, woody, bracken-like nuances. The palate has a beautifully supple texture with juicy red and black-cherry flavors running long and fresh. Drink or hold. Screw cap.” – James Suckling
“There’s no mistaking this wine has a distinctive bouquet. It’s earthy, steely and haunting with aromas of soil, fresh and pressed flowers, tea and a compote of mixed red berry fruits. Dry on the palate with silty soil and fine tannin textures, balanced acidity and flavours reminiscent of the bouquet. A thinking man’s (okay person’s) Pinot Noir, with a lengthy & thought provoking finish. Drink now and through 2022.” – Cameron Douglas MS
“Estate-grown on an east-facing block at Waikari, in North Canterbury, the 2016 vintage was matured for a year in French oak barrels (10 per cent new). Full of personality, it has deep, moderately developed colour. Drinking well now, but also worth cellaring, it is mouthfilling, savoury and complex, with spicy, slightly herbal flavours, showing excellent depth and harmony.” – Michael Cooper
Tasting Note: Saturated, opaque ruby/garnet. Fascinatingly, astonishingly, unlike its sibling, the Angel Flower, given proximity and wine- making and –growing equalities: pungent soil tones, tobacco/bark and fresh-turned earth, also with dried herbs: bay, lavender, Mexican oregano, even. The fruit spectrum is blue and black. Really sings soil, stratum. Great weight and texture, dense but mouth-coating, with brighter fruit flavours than the nose might suggest: blueberry, blackberry, sloe. Salinity, from significant active lime in the soil, waters the mouth, extending an already obdurate length. Whereas, with vine age, the Angel Flower is adding content to its early charm, the Earth Smoke seems to be marrying fruit succulence to its established, adamantine, soil-sponsored clout.
Winemaking Notes: 32hl/ha from this expansive, east-facing slope. Strong, beautifully structured soils; 25% clay, 15% 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