2008 Pyramid Valley "Kerner Estate" Pinot Blanc Marlborough (Biodynamic) (Elsewhere $20)
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
Pyramid Valley's 2008 "Kerner Estate" Pinot Blanc is just sensational. Resulting from a wild yeast fermentation in old oak that lasted 10 months, the nose is a little mute to begin but give it a few moments and fragrant notes of spiced pears, warm apples and toast begin to appear with an undercurrent of white blossom and dill seed. The full bodied palate is rich with apple and stone fruit flavors plus a silken texture with crisp acid to enliven and a long creamy finish. Delicious now, it should open with a further 6 months in bottle and I'm imagining it will develop a pleasant nutty/toasty character, drinking through 2014+.
Huon Hooke, in the Sydney Morning Herald, August 2010: "Best Import, Pyramid Valley Kerner Vineyard Pinot Blanc, Marlborough 2008: Deliciously different. Honeysuckle, floral and mineral aromas. Delicate, crisp, and charming flavour, clean and dry to finish, and not over-sweet - like so many Marlborough whites. 92/100."