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  • Decanting time

    2h
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    now to 2025
  • Food Pairing

    roasted Beets with Goat Cheese

The Story

The wines of Pyramid Valley are born in the dramatic soils and slopes of the Waikari Estate in North Canterbury and the Manata Estate in Central Otago. Waikari is a unique site where rich, rocky, limestone and clay derived soils sit on high-altitude north and east facing slopes. Here, we have more than 80 hectares with small plots of vines planted where the soils and aspect are just right.

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Bright appearance with a ruby red hue.

Lifted floral nose with raspberry and cherry aromas, with an abundance of savoury/earthy complexity. The palate is vibrant with tension and length, showing a nice mixture of bright fruit/herbal elements and a savoury structure that North Canterbury is renowned for.

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Pyramid Valley North Canterbury Pinot Noir 2018 – Grower sourced from a blend of four vineyards from the Waipara region and a mix of clones, this might just be my favourite wine of the entire release, if one factors in both quality and value. There are Burgundians offering Premier Cru wines that they wish were this good and yet are several times the cost. You won’t find much better Pinot for $50.

Fermented in open top fermenters with 30% whole bunch (I had to read that three times because you just could not pick it, so well is the wine integrated). French barrels for 11 months, 20% new. Unfined and unfiltered. A lovely, subtle, low-key, complex Pinot. Truffles, warm earth, red fruits, root vegetables, dry herbs and oodles of mixed spices. Juicy acidity, very fine silky tannins, balance and length. What is not to love? Alluring Pinot with 8 to 12 years ahead of it. 96. $50.

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North Canterbury, Waipara

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