6 PACK, 750ml BOTTLES, $74.99 EACH
Pyramid Valley Vineyards
north canterbury, New Zealand
91 Points, Rebecca Gibb MW (Vinous)
An unadulterated expression of Pinot Noir. Broody, savory and smoky, the wine envelops you with its seductive and slightly mysterious caress. There are herbal undertones, with 30% whole bunch undoubtedly contributing some of that character, but it's only one layer of many, not the dominating factor. This was a warm summer but the wine retains mouthwatering freshness, and the whole bunch also brings a lovely sappy tension on the long finish. There's 20% new French oak, allowing the fruit to be the star. Supple and drinking well now, it's an intriguingly fragrant style that shows both an adventurous and a more natural side to New Zealand Pinot Noir.