Pyramid Valley Field of Fire Chardonnay 2015

"The 2011 Field of Fire Chardonnay is intensely scented of apricots, mangoes and guava with suggestions of buttered toast and baking bread. This medium-bodied wine packs the flavor into a relatively elegant package with tons of savory and tropical fruit flavors lifted by crisp acidity and a...



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Varietal
Chardonnay
Brand Name
Pyramid Valley
Style
White Wine
Size
750 mL Bottle
Country
NEW ZEALAND
Region
Canterbury

Product Description

"The 2011 Field of Fire Chardonnay is intensely scented of apricots, mangoes and guava with suggestions of buttered toast and baking bread. This medium-bodied wine packs the flavor into a relatively elegant package with tons of savory and tropical fruit flavors lifted by crisp acidity and a finish with great persistence. Drink it now to 2018+."
92+ Points Wine Advocate


REVIEWS ON SOME PREVIOUS VINTAGES

Pyramid Valley Field of Fire Chardonnay 2010
An intriguing nose, insofar as it evokes both ripe – baked apricot, pears in sunshine, marzipan – and very fresh notes: alfalfa flowers, chamomile, fennel blossom. Combines the power and density of very low yields (difficult flowering), with the ease and grace lent by a long cool season.
 
On the palate, surprising still: richer than is typical for us, but again the cleansing and enlivening effect of this long pure season. (I’ve always disfavored wines from “great” years – short, sharp, hot, shocked. I’ll take a slow fade from summer, anytime.)
 
24hl/ha from this tiny, south-east facing home block; ten year old vines. Slightly variable soils from top to bottom, though primarily shallow (10-15cm) glauconitic clays over well-drained limestone. Biodynamic from before planting.
 
Early May pick, whole bunch pressed, care of our friend Nicholas Brown; no settling, no SO2. Vineyard yeast ferment, lasting 15 months, in used French oak, 450-500L puncheons. Natural, spring malolactic. Eleven months on lees in barrel, then transferred to a variable capacity tank for a further 9 months; bottled unfined and unfiltered, in December 2011. Alcohol 14.5%. Production: 70 cases.

 
 


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