Originally established by Mike and Claudia Elze Weersing in the Pyramid Valley, North Canterbury, Pyramid Valley Vineyards have long been committed to biodynamic practices that evoke the spirit of place in every wine. Having sold the vineyard, this is one of the final vintages crafted by the Pyramid Valley founders.
This bottling is named for the weed that creates havoc for home gardener’s. The winemakers, however, found that the creeping roots of so called ‘rope twitch’ grass break through the surface of clay on this tiny Chardonnay block, creating a more amenable home for the vines. White peach and citrus give way to a long, slightly creamy finish. This is satisfying, elegant and lively.
Apparent richness in perfume shows with stone fruit, faint honeydew melon, honeycomb, oyster shell, fresh ginger. Brisk scents. In the mouth, a deep sluice of juicy citrus and cool, green apply acidity. Spreads broad yet fresh through the palate, finding nooks and crannies with crushed rock mouthwatering minerality. Flavours are light, but texture is sublime. So lovely. 94 Points, Wine Front
‘You may think you know New Zealand wines but I can assure you that until you have tasted Pyramid Valley, you have no idea. When I first sampled the earliest releases from this left-of-center producer, I was so drawn to the signature, ground-breaking if, at that time, not altogether flawless wines that I vowed to pay them a visit as soon as possible (which, given their location, is easier said than done). There was a spark of “otherness” about the wines that was so unlike anything else in New Zealand, it was difficult to say if proprietors Mike and Claudia Weersing were geniuses or mad or mad geniuses. I’m still kinda thinking there’s an element of the latter going on here but at least my first visit in 2011 and follow-up visit this year have confirmed to me that they are most definitely wine geniuses. Having searched New Zealand for their ideal plot of land to produce Pinot Noir and Chardonnay of the very highest quality, the Weersings were tempted by comradery to plant amongst their friends in Central Otago. But it was the unique, clay-limestone soils and scarp slopes near Waikari in North Canterbury that stole their hearts. In 2000 they planted vines in one of New Zealand’s newest and remotest wine regions…so new and remote it still doesn’t really have a name other than ‘North Canterbury’. Claudia is the biodynamic green-thumb and Mike is the Burgundian trained winemaker in this small-scale, hands-on operation. Everything in the fields and winery is as natural as natural can be and anyone who has followed the wines over the years will know, from tasting if not knowledge, that Mike has tested the boundaries of no / low sulfur additions and now seems to have a knack for adding just-enough to ensure stability without compromising the couples’ ethics. The results speak for themselves: astonishingly good, terroir-expressive wines that will challenge all your preconceptions.’ Lisa Perrotti-Brown MW, January 2015.