The Pyramid Valley Wines Story
Mike and Claudia Elze Weersing spent 15 years searching the world to find the perfect place to grow grapes and in the year 2000, they purchased the plot of land near Waikari. German-born and America-raised Claudia, was a committed bio-dynamicist and the guiding spirit on the land in the early years of Pyramid Valley. Mike studied oenology and viticulture in Burgundy and worked in vineyards and cellars across Europe, honing his precise vision and practice for spectacular wine making. Together, Mike and Claudia created remarkable wines for close to 20 years that have been recognised the world over. Fast-forward to 2017, when good friends Steve Smith and Brian Sheth realised their long-held vision of creating a wine dream together. That dream was to craft impeccable wines and inspiring experiences they could share. Steve and Brian were honoured to take on the legacy of Pyramid Valley and craft their own family of Pinot Noir and Chardonnay wines. Estate Manager and Winemaker Huw Kinch will be guiding this new chapter of Pyramid Valley from 2018. After 10 years crafting Pinot Noir and Chardonnay in Martinborough, Huw has made the move south to explore a new expression of these varieties. Whilst Pyramid Valley is under new management is retains its holistic principles of biodynamics specific to the vineyards, soil types, ecosystem and climate. As in the vineyards so in the cellar as the winemaking follows the natural priniciples with the use of indigenous yeasts, natural fining and minimal, if any, filtration.

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The Brief
Net Volume
Light Dark
Wine Scale 1
How's it taste?
Bright crimson hue. Alluring, lifted aromas of thyme and red cherries with an underlying spicy complexity exploding from the glass. The wines soft silky texture and fine-grained tannins surround bright red fruits and crunchy acidity which gives it freshness and length.
How was it made?
Like the North Canterbury Pinot Noir, the fruit was hand-harvested and fermented with natural yeasts in open-top fermenters and wooden cuves, this time with 20% whole bunches. The 2019 was aged in French oak barriques and cuves for around 11 months (of which 20% was new oak).
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95 Points
Bob Campbell MW - The Real Review
Attractive, seamless and silken pinot noir with violet, red rose and ripe cherry flavours together with a hint of dried herb and spice.
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94 Points
Huon Hooke - The Real Review
Medium red colour with a tinge of purple and a spicy, layered, foresty bouquet, quite whole-bunchy and subtly complex, with refinement and restraint on palate. Hints of Campari and a suggestion of volatile lift. A feature of the wine is the tannins, which are especially fine and soft. Great harmony. A very classy pinot. (From the former Lowburn Ferry vineyard)
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91 Points
Gary Walsh - The Wine Front
Curiously, perhaps, I’d place Martinborough, Marlborough and Canterbury above Central Otago in my NZ Pinot Noir pecking order. Anyway, this comes from the Lowburn region of CO.Juicy, natural feeling Central Otago Pinot here. Poached strawberry, thyme, spice and a kiss of vanilla oak. It’s squishy and subtly sappy, brown spices and more of that wild herb perfume, a clay and earthy feel, a little tamarind tang on a finish of moderate length and powdery grip. Good wine, with no shortage of interest and texture.
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91 Points
Joe Czerwinski - Robert Parker
Sourced from the winery's own vineyard in the Lowburn subregion, Pyramid Valley's 2019 Central Otago Pinot Noir is loaded with crunchy, just-ripe berries and cherries. Hints of roses and tea leaves add nuance to this silky-textured, medium-bodied, lip-smackingly good Pinot.
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91 Points
Sam Kim - Wine Orbit
It's perfumed and lifted on the nose with dried cherry, leather, game and dried herb aromas. The palate displays sweet berry flavours together with rich spicy notes and savoury nuance, finishing firm and drying.
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