Pyramid Valley North Canterbury Pinot Noir 2019
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Not your classic New Zealand Pinot Noir, but saying that most people think Central Otago when you say NZ Pinot Noir. This is altogether a different wine. Where most Central Otago Pinot is a balance of rich explosive fruit and tannins. This Pinot Noir from North Canterbury is a little more reserved.the nose is herbal and peppery - there is some cooking spice in there but I cannot identify it.
The palate is red plums and roasted beetroot followed by cherries at the end. There is a lot going on here and I want to use the word ethereal because there are hints of flavours and spices just in the corner of your senses never quite in front.
There is power here and the palate is long. As with all good pinots given time to "flesh out" it will just get better and better. Let this one open in your glass before you drink it.
From the Winemaker:
Bright appearance with a ruby red hue. Lifted floral nose with raspberry and cherry aromas, with an abundance of savoury/earthy complexity. The palate is vibrant with tension and length, showing a nice mixture of bright fruit/herbal elements and a savoury structure that North Canterbury is renowned for.
"No shortage of personality with these wines from Pyramid Valley, and they seem true to the original ethos of the winery. All the spice here, and I’m thinking nutmeg, allspice, maybe even garam masala, along with blood plum and raspberry. with an earthy character too. It’s fleshy and spicy, some roast beetroot earthiness with plum and cherry, a sappy feel too, dried rose and tamarind tang, and a slightly muddy, dried herb and orange peel finish of solid length. Heaps of character. I’d drink it now, and enjoy it for its unfettered and wild personality. Great drinking."
93 Points - Gary Walsh - The Wine Front
Raspberries, cherries and baking spices on the nose. It’s medium-bodied with vivid acidity. Crunchy and juicy with a succulent finish. Quite chewy tannins. Lots of earthy and spicy undertones with some graphite and slate undertones. A little austere at the end, suggesting that two or three years of bottle age will help. Drink after 2023. Screw cap.
Nick Stock - 94 Points - jamessuckling.com