From Pyramid Valley Vineyard’s Rapaura vineyard, this is a racy and aromatic white Pinot blend. Complex and curious, the nose is richly yellow, with quince, honey, grain and saline. This is rich but refreshing to taste, with honey mirroring the nose. You will also enjoy notes of butter and sage. Made from handpicked grapes then aged for ten months on lees in French oak.
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.
Immediately complex aromatics: yellow plum, ripe quince, borage honey, polenta/milled corn, and an enlivening iodine/seashore note. With air, richer and broader, while remaining multifaceted. Also a clean, wet copper coin character. Engaging and seductive. On the palate, opulent and gregarious, lush but detailed, flattering, but in a considered way. Yellow plum and honey again, acacia this time. Also a buttery, puff pastry/croissant character. Luxurious, indulgent, but sage, this is the gnostic siren in our range of wines.
Rich, textural wine with an almost golden hue. A full-bodied and impressively weighty white with honey, pear, quince, vanilla and spicy oak flavours. A distinctive and very complex wine, with a glycerol-like viscosity and very lengthy finish. Very different. A pleasure to taste.
95 points, The Real Review (March 2018)
Beautifully floral and attractive, ripe apples and pears lead to a complex palate that has fresh apple flavor with hints of young Calvados, honey and grilled apples to close.
92 points, jamessuckling.com (October 2018)
MarlboroughArguably New Zealand’s most famous wine region owing to international demand for Sauvignon Blanc, Marlborough is also the largest wine producing region in the country, comprising 79% of New Zealand’s total wine production. Modern winemaking commenced in Marlborough in the 1970s and from tiny beginnings, the vineyard area has rapidly expanded now encompassing 23,600 hectares. Marlborough is located on the east coast of the South Island, with mountains to the west creating a rain shadow, making it one of the driest and sunniest regions in New Zealand. There are three sub regions in Marlborough, the largest being the Wairau Valley, where most plantings are concentrated on free draining alluvial soils. Viticulture has also spread to the cooler Awatere Valley, also on free draining stony loams and vineyards are also situated in the cooler southern valleys with its silt, gravel and clay soils. The soils across all three regions all have relatively low fertility to help curb the vigour of Sauvignon Blanc vines that dominate Marlborough. Although the region built its reputation on crisp, distinctively pungent unoaked Sauvignon Blanc, there is an increasing trend towards more complex barrel-ferment styles. Light-bodied, fruit driven Pinot Noir is also successful.