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A serious, earthy and complex Pinot Noir from New Zealand. Pyramid Valley works with several vineyards but all the grapes the work with are grown biodynamically. The winemaking is always done with native yeasts and without filtering. A true exemplar of natural winemaking in the Southern Hemisphere.
From the mouth of the importer (Communal):
"Organic and biodynamic practices- with the perfect marriage of soil, climate and aspect. Spectacular, hillside vineyard located in the Dashwood Pass, between the Awatere and Wairau valleys. Hand picked, 95% destemmed, transferred by gravity to tank. Ambient soak of 7-10 days, warm vineyard yeast fermentation, 27-28 day cuvaison. Natural, spring malolactic. Eight months on original lees in French barriques (10% new); bottled unfined and unfiltered on the summer solastice.
Wine to Mike and Claudia Weersing is a genie, genius loci; our job is to coax it from its rock to bottle. Every gesture they make, in vineyard and winery, is a summons to this spirit of place. Biodynamics, hand-based viticulture, low yields, natural winemaking – these are some of the means they’ve adopted better to record and transmit this voice. Each wine is allowed to flower as it wishes. With the Grower’s Collection, their ambition is to create a range of wines from sites other than their home vineyard. They are allowed to work with admired colleagues, and with sites, soils, varieties different than those at home. All of their wines are devoted to people and place; all bring rich rewards of community."