Pyramid Valley 'Earth Smoke' Pinot Noir 2015

"Medium ruby colored, the 2011 Earth Smoke Pinot Noir has quite a savory nose with notes of smoked meat, damp loam and oolong tea over a core of kirsch and black raspberries plus a whiff ...



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Varietal
Pinot Noir
Brand Name
Pyramid Valley
Style
Red Wine
Size
750 mL Bottle
Country
NEW ZEALAND
Region
Canterbury

Product Description

"Medium ruby colored, the 2011 Earth Smoke Pinot Noir has quite a savory nose with notes of smoked meat, damp loam and oolong tea over a core of kirsch and black raspberries plus a whiff of dried lavender. Medium-bodied with great intensity of the palate, it has a good structure of medium level, fine-grained tannins and lively acidity before it finishes long with the red fruits shining through. Drink it now to 2018+."
93 Points Wine Advocate


REVIEWS ON SOME PREVIOUS VINTAGES

Pyramid Valley 'Earth Smoke' Pinot Noir 2010
"A fabulous nose of dried strawberries, plums and hints of smoke and bacon. Full body, with beautiful tannins and acidity. Super intense and beautiful. Long and gorgeous. No new oak. Better in 2016.  (12/ 2012)"
94 points Wine Spectator

 

"A tank sample due to be bottled within 2 weeks of my tasting, the 2010 Earth Smoke Pinot Noir gives ripe black raspberry and pomegranate aromas at this stage with hints of violets and baking spices. Generously fruited, it gives a medium-high level of very fine tannins with medium-high acid and a long, pure finish. Mike and Claudia Weersing continue to work nature’s magic on their wines. The results are truly unique wines that can only come from these creative hands working out of this pretty patch just inland from the Waipara. Even more exciting is that the quality straight across the estate and growers labels just gets better and more consistent each year from this relatively new operation."
91-93 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

Very engaging and complex nose of soil, wild fruits, and spiced orange peel.
 
Real power and lovely texture in the mouth, and again wilder and more earthy than the Angel Flower.
 
1.4 tonnes per acre from our east-facing home block; ten year old vines. Deep, well structured, clay-limestone soils: 30% clay, 12-15% active lime. Also biodynamic from inception.
 
Late April pick, hand destemmed, 25% foot crushed. Ambient soak of 5-7 days, warm vineyard yeast fermentation (33C), 27-28 day cuvaison. Natural, spring malolactic. Ten months on original lees, in French barriques, 15% new, then held a further six months in tank.  Bottled unfined and unfiltered, in September 2011. Alcohol 13.2%. Production: 250 cases.
 
 

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