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
Alcohol
13.0%
Net Volume
750ml
Vintage
2019
Cellar to
2031
Light Dark
Wine Scale 1
How's it taste?
Bright appearance with a ruby red hue. Lifted floral nose with raspberry andcherry aromas, with an abundance of savoury/earthy complexity. The palate isvibrant with tension and length, showing a nice mixture of bright fruit/herbalelements and a savoury structure that North Canterbury is renowned for.
How was it made?
Hand-picked and fermented with natural vineyard yeasts in open top fermenters with 30% whole bunch. It was aged in French barrels, 20% new for 11 months before settling in stainless steel on light less for a further 4 months. Bottled unfined and unfiltered. 
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Critic Reviews
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Expert Review
95 Points
Sam Kim - Wine Orbit
Enticing and complex, the bouquet shows spiced cherry, dried herb, smoked game and toasted nut characters, followed by a concentrated palate delivering richly textured mouthfeel backed by fine chalky tannins. Wonderfully structured, making it a fabulous food partner.
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Expert Review
94 Points
James Suckling
Raspberries, cherries and baking spices on the nose. It’s medium-bodied with vivid acidity. Crunchy and juicy with a succulent finish. Quite chewy tannins. Lots of earthy and spicy undertones with some graphite and slate undertones. A little austere at the end, suggesting that two or three years of bottle age will help. Drink after 2023. Screw cap.
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Expert Review
93 Points
Bob Campbell MW - The Real Review
Attractively fragrant, floral aroma. Bright, crisp, fruit-focused pinot noir with violet, cherry, raspberry, fresh herb, spice and anise flavours. A supple, vibrant red with a backbone of fine, peppery tannins.
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Expert Review
93 Points
Gary Walsh - The Wine Front
No shortage of personality with these wines from Pyramid Valley, and they seem true to the original ethos of the winery.All the spice here, and I’m thinking nutmeg, allspice, maybe even garam masala, along with blood plum and raspberry. with an earthy character too. It’s fleshy and spicy, some roast beetroot earthiness with plum and cherry, a sappy feel too, dried rose and tamarind tang, and a slightly muddy, dried herb and orange peel finish of solid length. Heaps of character. I’d drink it now, and enjoy it for its unfettered and wild personality. Great drinking.
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Expert Review
91 Points
Huon Hooke - The Real Review
Medium to deep red colour with a tint of purple, the aromas herbal, foresty and sweetly-stewed cherry-like, slightly bunchy and quite complex. The palate is medium-bodied and sprinkled with very ample tannins, giving firmness and a little bitterness. Medium-length and a chewy aftertaste. Food needed.
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Expert Review
90 Points
Joe Czerwinski - Robert Parker
Slightly floral and stemmy, yet loaded with ripe black cherries as well, the 2019 North Canterbury Pinot Noir is an intriguing effort. Medium to full-bodied, concentrated and appealing, firmly structured, with a long, dusty finish, it appears to be capable of at least six years of positive evolution.
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