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2012 Pyramid Valley Home Pinot Noirs - exclusive NZ release!
09 June 2015|Cellar Journal
We've urged our top customers to get on board with Pyramid Valley for years and we're pleased to see the global acclaim we predicted is beginning to manifest itself.
Our support of Mike and Claudia's back-breaking labour in the limestone-rich Waikari Valley has paid further dividends for our customers - with production way down from an already tiny base, they have decided to make Fine Wine Delivery Co their only NZ retail partner for the 2012 Home Wines!
Lisa Perrotti-Brown MW was very vocal about Pyramid Valley to her millions of global readers in her January report for Robert Parker's Wine Advocate. Aside from her big scores for the 2011 and 2012 Home Pinot Noirs, she had this to say:
"Pyramid Valley was my most impressive visit this trip to New Zealand - and indeed of all my Australia/NZ visits this year… You may think you know New Zealand wines - but I can assure you that until you have tasted Pyramid Valley, you have no idea."
I can understand exactly what she means, having visited the vineyard myself just 7 weeks ago (and getting my own feet into the 2015 Angel Flower! See the blog here.) These wines (and this site) are without doubt, the most singularly exciting thing coming out of NZ. Incredibly "un-New Zealand" in everything from their philosophy to their texture and taste of the wines, Mike Weersing has tapped deep into the limestone and used his vast Burgundy experience to create what Wine Spectator's Burgundy expert Matt Kramer calls "one of the finest out-of-Burgundy-experiences I have ever had."
There is little doubt these Pyramid Valley Home wines will go on to be considered the peers of Grand Cru Burgundy (if they are not already) and with production levels fixed for the foreseeable future, prices will only rise as the vines mature and demand continues to go up.
With the reduced production and the fact these 2012s are certainly the most stunning wines I've tried from Pyramid Valley - I'd strongly recommend Pinot Noir lovers secure some for their cellar. These won't hang about!
Pyramid Valley Angel Flower Pinot Noir 2012
"A mind-blowing core of red currants and cherries scents with tons of earthy nuances" Lisa Perrotti-Brown MW
Total production was only 135 cases!
96/100 - Fine Wine Delivery Co
94/100 - James Suckling
94+/100 - Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
"Hand destemmed, with a little bit of foot crushing, then fermentation on skins for 27 days, settled also for a lunar cycle, then pressed and transferred to barrel, all French, and none new. Alcohol 13%, 135 cases produced. Deep garnet colour, with red lights. On the nose, Pure spice, cinnamon, clove, allspice, nutmeg, red cherry behind, with bright plum and pomegranate. On the palate, soy, tamarind, meat stock, rishiri kombu. We've gone past trying to embellish our wines. All we aim for now is honesty and transparency. This wine seems as true as we can accomplish. Thanks to the great vineyard work that Struan and crew it's perhaps our best yet. This is about meaning, instead of flattery. Believe if you do." Mike Weersing
"With a very complex, alluring and fragrant nose here, this has an amazing ethereal and fragrant character that delivers cherry and strawberry notes. The dried rose petals and dried, light toasted spices are stunning and captivatingly complex. The palate has brilliant focus and intensity as well as a shell-like tannin frame. It's assertive, bright and juicy with some real impact on the finish, but it's not heavy. Powerful yet precise." James Suckling
"Pale to medium ruby-purple colored, the 2012 Angel Flower Vineyard Pinot Noir offers a mind-blowing core of red currants and cherries scents with tons of earthy nuances suggesting of Provence herbs, lavender, damp loam and moss. Concentrated and very tightly wound on the palate with firm, fine grained tannins, it offers multi-layered, taut, cool-climate fruit flesh that lingers with great persistence." Lisa Perrotti-Brown, eRobertParker.com
Pyramid Valley Earth Smoke Pinot Noir 2012
Total production was only 155 cases!
97/100 - Fine Wine Delivery Co
96/100 - James Suckling
93+/100 - Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
"All the fragrance is here with rose petals and dried, lightly toasted spices, but the fruit is heartier, deeper and has more of a presence on the nose than the Angel Flower from 2012. Here there's duck skin, savory meaty notes and a bold plum and cherry core. The palate has entrancingly supple, smooth and beautifully fleshy fruit; soft, ripe red grapefruit notes; wild red cherries and crunchy, lithe textural appeal. Tannins read fine and fully formed, extending the whole depth and width of the wine. Really balanced, resolved and innately uplifting Pinot Noir." James Suckling
"I believe that with each passing year we better understand our vines, our soil and our intent to let home be who home wants to be. In 2012, I think we achieved a balance and honesty more than we have ever before. Hand destemmed, with a little bit of foot crushing, then fermentation on skins for 27 days, settled also for a lunar cycle, then pressed and transferred to barrel, all French, and none new. Alcohol 13%, 155 cases produced."
Mike Weersing, Pyramid Valley Proprietor and Winemaker
"Pale ruby-purple, the 2012 Earth Smoke Vineyard Pinot Noir gives a broody, earthy / meaty nose with suggestions of red berries and pepper continuing into a real earthy core on the palate, framed with firm grainy tannins and finishing with great length. Like the other 2012 releases, this one needs a few years to give its best." Lisa Perrotti-Brown, eRobertParker.com
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