2007 Pyramid Valley Vineyards "Kerner Estate" Pinot Blanc Marlborough (Biodynamic)

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Woah! Insane aromas of candied orange peel, clove, cinnamon, mace, a pungent honey note, marmalade, baked apricot, brioche, this is not your everyday New Zealand white. Powerful on the entry, broad and rich (think orange flan, spice cake) but crisp acidity and brisk minerality quickly follow, girdling the ample flesh of the wine. This really shows the concentrating effect of very small berries. Built like Mae West, and may age as conspicuously well. (Jim Chanteloup, K&L New Zealand Wine Buyer)

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Staff Image By: Chiara Shannon | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 8/14/2009 | Send Email
A seductive nose of tropical banana and cream, with notes of caramel and spice, lead to a richly textured palate echoing the nose and a very long, creamy finish that makes this Pinot Blanc really stand out. Additionally, it is 100% biodynamic and made using indigenous yeasts. I suspect time on the lees is what accounts for the distinctive flavors and texture. A sophisticated alternative to Chardonnay.

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Pinot Blanc

- Also known as Pinot Bianco in Italy and Weissburgunder in Germany and Austria, Pinot Blanc is thought to be a mutation of Pinot Gris (which is said to be a lighter mutation of Pinot Noir). While the varietal's roots are Burgundian (it was frequently confused with Chardonnay throughout history) it is rare there these days, instead finding its best iterations in France's Alsace, Germany's Pfalz and Baden, Austria's Wachau and in Italy's Trentino-Alto Adige, Veneto, Friuli and Lombardy winegrowing regions. It produces full-bodied whites with relatively high acidity, yeasty citrus and appley aromas and flavors and hints of spice. Aged Pinot Blancs take on lovely honeyed tones.

New Zealand

- New Zealand is an extremely diverse wine-growing nation. The long history of producing wine started in the 1830s with wineries such as Mission Estate (1850) and Te Mata Estate (1896) still producing wine today. The two islands hold a multitude of different growing climates ranging from warmer areas such as Hawke’s Bay to very cool regions such as Waitaki, and Awatere. Most regions are defined as Maritime with the exception being Central Otago that has a moderate Continental climate with the high elevation creating dramatic diurnal swings in temperature. The plethora of grapes grown in New Zealand reflects this diverse microclimate make up. Everything has a place here, Bordeaux varietals and Syrah in Hawke’s Bay, Chardonnay and Pinot in Nelson, Pinot Noir and Riesling in Central Otago , aromatic whites in Waipara and pretty much everything you can imagine in Marlborough. New Zealand is also one of the “greenest” wine producing nations on earth (94% of wine certified sustainable in 2013) with a strong focus on organic and Biodynamic farming.