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2015 Pyramid Valley Kerner Vineyard Pinot Blanc

2015 Pyramid Valley Kerner Vineyard Pinot Blanc

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15.0%
Canterbury
2015
750ml
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$39.99
15.0%
Canterbury
2015
750ml
  • THE BRIEF
  • THE FINER DETAILS
  • WHO MADE IT?
  • EXPERT REVIEWS
  • THE BRIEF
  • For many years, Pyramid Valley has been a benchmark of winemaking excellence in New Zealand.

    That trend continues today, with the vineyards and winery now under the careful watch of Steve Smith and Brian Sheth, with Huw Kinch taking on the winemaking duties.

    The philosophies of Pyramid Valley are the same as they ever were - fruit is grown according to biodynamic principles, natural yeasts are used in fermentation, and minimal intervention in the winemaking. The ultimate goal is to guide the wines from earth to bottle, producing wines that truly speak of place.

  • THE FINER DETAILS
  • From 1.2 ha of the ‘Kerner’ vineyard, on Fareham Lane, Waihopi.
    Hand-picked, Whole-bunch pressed, indigenous yeast fermented to 15.0% alc.
    The wine aged 17 months in 5% new French demi-muids of 450-500 L, and underwent malolactic fermentation.

    WHAT SHOULD YOU EXPECT?


    Enormously perfumed: pear, brioche, fennel pollen, lemon curd; hints of cassia and clove; also semolina, and melon rind. This gives a sense of fully ripe, but never overripe, fruit; heady but fresh, broad but detailed. In the mouth, combines power with charm; retro-olfactively floral, as one seems to taste a rose, when inhaling its scent; pear again, and a pretty squash flower/melon nuance. Almost excoriating finish, but never topples, or forfeits poise. Coy but somehow adamant, flirtatious in an implacable sort of way.

  • WHO MADE IT?
  • 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.

  • EXPERT REVIEWS
  • 94 POINTS

    SAM KIM - WINE ORBIT


    An impressive rendition of the variety, the richly fragrant bouquet shows nectarine, baked pear, vanilla and warm spice notes, leading to a concentrated palate that is fleshy and velvety. This is opulent and delectable, and finishes superbly long.

    91 POINTS

    BOB CAMPBELL MW - THE REAL REVIEW


    Intense, rich and flavoursome pinot blanc showing plenty of toasty bottle development with floral, pear, mixed spices, nutty yeast lees and spicy oak. High alcohol (15%) adds weight and texture as well as heat and a touch of hardness on the finish. Fascinating wine. Best with food.

    RAYMOND CHAN


    Bright, light golden-yellow colour with some depth, paler on the edge. The nose is full, deep and firm with aromas of ripe yellow stonefruits along with tropical fruit and honey, lifted by subtle yellow floral notes, unveiling nutty and mineral lees with suggestions of earth. This has considerable depth and density. Dry to taste and full-bodied, the palate is fulsome and robust with lusciously ripe flavours of yellow stonefruits and tropical fruit, along with honey and yellow florals. The richness and sheer power of the mouthfeel is relieved by steely nutty and mineral elements. The wine flows along a light-textured phenolic line, with alcohol power and drive carrying the richness and fruit extract. The wine leads to a strong finish with plenty of presence of stonefruit and honied flavours. This is a fulsome, ripe, dry Pinot Blanc with presence and weight, showing stonefruits, tropical fruits and honey, driven by alcohol power. 18.5/20 Points