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Pyramid Valley Earth Smoky Pinot Noir 2016

Moderate black cherry colour, present and brooding in the glass. A deep, dark feel to the aromas, brooding black cherry and dark plum, pure and comforting, orange, Christmas cake spices, hints of warm, damp forest earth, precise and compelling. Lovely warm, ripe black cherry pastry feel on the palate, open and delicious kept in its place by wonderful savoury, sappy nuances, a hint of charcoal and vanilla; dense and long with no hint of sweetness just immaculate ripeness and the feel of clay and chalk. An iron fist in a velvet glove. Incredible.


Mike and Claudia Versing came to New Zealand in 1996. After a long and intense 15-year search around the world for their own vineyard, in 2000 they bought a farm in the Pyramids Valley, near Waikari, in Northern Canterbury, and named it Pyramid Valley . Currently, Claudia manages internal sales and marketing, quality control during harvesting, supports the winemaking team. Mike studied oenology and viticulture in Burgundy. He worked extensively in the vineyards of eminent European farms in France (Burgundy, Alsace, Rhone Valley, Languedoc-Roussillon), in Spain, in Germany (on the Moselle), and in the Yarra Valley in Australia and in Eola Hills, Oregon.
All vineyards of Pyramid Valley are fully certified as biodynamic. The winery was created taking into account the conservation of energy. Very little energy is used in the production of wines. There are no pumps, filter devices, heating or cooling systems. The winery is very well insulated, and since it is relatively small, the Versing family uses natural elements to heat and cool the wine. More:

Pyramid Valley Earth Smoky Pinot Noir 2016


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