Pyramid Valley North Canterbury Orange 2018

$35.00 $33.00 inc. GST

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4.5 stars – Michael Cooper

“The 2018 vintage was hand-harvested in the Porter Vineyard, at Waipara, tank-fermented, lees-aged for six months in seasoned French oak demi-muids, and bottled unfined and unfiltered. The label makes no mention of grape varieties, but given its copper-coloured skins, Pinot Gris would be a good guess. Full-bodied, it’s a complex wine, with gentle tannins, strong strawberry, watermelon and peach flavours, and hints of spices, apricots and oranges. A very harmonious wine with good personality, it’s already drinking well.” – Michael Cooper

Tasting Note: Luminous peach/copper hue, with a reassuring, organic, light haze. Lifted floral aromas leap out of the glass along with burnt orange rind and a nutty complexity. Lovely fine phenolics fill the mouth giving great weight and texture to the wine. Orange rind, peach and Negroni like flavours follow. A great wine to accompany a variety of tapas-style foods.

Winemaking Notes: Selectively hand-picked, from the Porter vineyard in the Waipara Valley. The vineyard is on a 10 ̊ NE-facing slope with moderate to heavy clay soil, derived from sand/siltstone wash, and sits 100-125m above sea level. Sorted again at the winery, then destemmed, and transferred to 1000l stainless tanks. Pitched with a vineyard yeast starter, fermented for one lunar cycle (27-28 days). Foot- and hand- plunged during this time. Lightly pressed in our tiny basket press, then settled for another lunar cycle. Transferred to demi-muids (450-500L), all French, none new, for 6 months. Natural malolactic. Bottled in December 2018, neither fined nor filtered.

Alcohol: 13.0%

Variety: Pinot Gris, Gewürztraminer and Muscat

Region: North Canterbury, New Zealand

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