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Pyramid Valley 'North Canterbury' Pinot Noir 2019

The 2019 is a blend off four vineyards across North Canterbury. The sites include the most northern vineyard on the Omihi Saddle (planted on Omihi clay soils), and three Waipara vineyards: Top block on Waipara’s “Golden Mile”; Three Sisters on Rangitata gravels; and Porters Family vineyard on Domett clay soils.

Hand-picked and fermented with natural vineyard yeasts in open-top fermenters with 30% whole bunches, the wine was then aged in French barrels (20% new), for 11 months before settling in stainless steel tanks on light lees for a further four months.

The notes below describe the wine well—it’s a beautiful, high-definition Pinot Noir of mouth filling texture with round, plush tannins giving the wine weight and power and a savoury, moreish finish.