Pyramid Valley Field Of Fire Chardonnay 2016
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96/100 – Cameron Douglas MS
95/100 – Bob Campbell MW
95/100 – James Suckling
5 stars – Michael Cooper
“Tangy, chardonnay that is crisper, brighter and has more energy than its broader, richer sister label Lion’s Tooth. Grapefruit, stone fruit, peach and nectarine flavours with toasty oak and a hint of struck flint and mineral character.” – Bob Campbell MW
“This is the more complex of the two 2016 chardonnays from Pyramid Valley. There’s a gently flinty, biscuity edge to the yellow-peach aromas. The palate is layered and concentrated with pristine yellow-peach flavors, interlaced with fine, stony mineral notes. Brilliant chardonnay. Drink now. Screw cap.” – James Suckling
“This is a delicious wine. From the initial bouquet of flowers and gun-flint to citrus and heirloom tree-fruit to an alluring complexity on the nose and palate together have a wonderful harmony with each other. A dry wine with a layer of oak spice and lees derived wild spice to tension and poise from the acidity and very fine silky tannins – this is a wine take your time over – slow down, pause, enjoy the weight and subtle power, flavours and finish. Not all Chardonnay are for everyone, this example will most certainly open your eyes and palate to a special place and time. Drink now and through 2024.” – Cameron Douglas MS
“Full of personality, the 2016 vintage was estate-grown on an elevated, south-east-facing slope at Waikari, in North Canterbury. Fermented with indigenous yeasts in an even split of clay giare and aged French demi-muids, it was lees-aged for 10 months, then bottled unfined and unfiltered. Bright, light lemon/green, it’s a Chablis-like wine, full-bodied, with penetrating, crisp, citrusy flavours, showing impressive vigour and intensity, firm acid spine and a lasting finish. Best drinking 2020+.” – Michael Cooper
Tasting Note: Brilliant, pale straw yellow. Complex aromatics: boxwood and petrichor minerality open without hesitation to ripe white peach, bright pink grapefruit, lime pith, and subtle hints of dried herbs and toasted brioche. A supple and generous roundness which dances across palate. This 2016 Field of Fire is a standout example of power and intensity complimented by incredible poise and a lively, playful length. Pure eruption from soil and season.
Winemaking Notes: This tiny, south-east facing block has slightly variable soils, graduating from top to bottom on the slope, through primarily shallow (10-15 cm) glauconitic clays over chalky limestone; 20-25% clay, 5-10% active lime. Mid-April pick, whole bunch pressed. Vineyard yeast ferment of several months, half in clay giare, and half in aged French demi-muids. Natural spring malolactic fermentation. Ten months on lees in barrel and clay. Bottled unfined and unfiltered.
Region: Waikari, North Canterbury, New Zealand