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2012 Pyramid Valley Vineyards "Lion's Tooth" Chardonnay North Canterbury New Zealand (Biodynamic)

SKU #1190990 95 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

Outer quote mark Only just released, just 125 cases were made of the 2012 Lion's Tooth Chardonnay. The cooler year shows on the restrained, youthfully shy, citrus laced nose, revealing notes of grapefruit peel, slate and lovely earthiness with a faint waft of florals and nutmeg. Very taut, elegant and fresh in the mouth, it is a delicate wine of great tension and minerality finishing with long-lasting lemon pip and chalky notes. 95+ points. You may think you know New Zealand wines but I can assure you that until you have tasted Pyramid Valley, you have no idea. When I first sampled the earliest releases from this left-of-center producer, I was so drawn to the signature, ground-breaking if, at that time, not altogether flawless wines that I vowed to pay them a visit as soon as possible... The Weersings were tempted by comradery to plant amongst their friends in Central Otago. But it was the unique, clay-limestone soils and scarp slopes near Waikari in North Canterbury that stole their hearts. In 2000 they planted vines in one of New Zealand’s newest and remotest wine regions--so new and remote it still doesn’t really have a name other than 'North Canterbury'. Claudia is the biodynamic green-thumb and Mike is the Burgundian trained winemaker in this small-scale, hands-on operation... Everything in the fields and winery is as natural as natural can be... The results speak for themselves: astonishingly good, terroir-expressive wines that will challenge all your preconceptions. (LPB) Inner quote mark (1/2015)

Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

Outer quote mark Full straw-yellow. Musky aromas of apple, flowers, minerals and smoke. Concentrated and firmly built, with a mineral edge and juicy lemon-limey lift to the apple and ginger flavors. Strong suggestion of limestone soil energy and intensity. Finishes ripe, spicy and persistent. Inner quote mark (9/2014)

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