2010 Pyramid Valley Vineyards "Angel Flower" Pinot Noir North Canterbury New Zealand
Aromas of roses and sweet plums with strawberry. Full body, with super fine tannins and beautiful fruit. Silky and fine with such beauty. This is insane with a rust and iron character. Fascinating. Drink or hold. Top Ten Wines of 2013.
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
A tank sample due to be bottled within two weeks of my tasting, the 2010 Angel Flower Pinot Noir offers alluring ripe cherry and mulberry aromas over baking spices, lilacs and a touch of honeysuckle. Medium bodied with a medium level of fine-grained tannins, it has medium-high acid and long finish. Mike and Claudia Weersing continue to work nature’s magic on their wines. The results are truly unique wines that can only come from these creative hands working out of this pretty patch just inland from the Waipara. Even more exciting is that the quality straight across the estate and growers labels just gets better and more consistent each year from this relatively new operation.
Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar
Medium red. Rather stunted on the nose today, showing a peppery nuance but little in the way of fruit. Then concentrated, tactile and energetic on the palate, with rich, complex flavors of raspberry, black plum and black pepper lifted by a mineral component. This dense, fine-grained pinot communicates a strong impression of dry extract. Finishes with broad, fine tannins and excellent length
If New Zealand has created a finer Pinot Noir than these two single-vineyard wines from Pyramid Valley Vineyards, I haven't tasted it.- Matt Cramer.
Winery Notes: "1.1 tonnes per acre from this north-facing parcel; ten year old vines. Denser, shallower soils, with clay-limestone: 20% clay, 3-7% active lime. Biodynamic from before planting. Hand picked and entirely hand destemmed one cluster at a time. 25% foot crushed. Ambient vineyard yeast fermentation, 27-28 day cuvaison. Ten months in French barriques, 15% new. Bottled unfined and unfiltered. Only 180 cases made. Good deep ruby. Flowers, red fruits, and bags of spice on the forward bouquet. Lush but crisp, with very fresh fruit, and all that spice. Very long and elegant palate.