Pyramid Valley Vineyards 'Angel Flower' Pinot Noir Museum Release 2016


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Canterbury, New Zealand
96 points


Driven to create one of the new world’s great cool-climate vineyards, it took Mike and Claudia Weersing 15 years and a quixotic global journey that included a lengthy stopover in Burgundy before they found their perfect site. Inspired by the climate and soils of that region, the duo finally found their special place in the limestone-rich soils of Waikari in North Canterbury. From here Mike and Claudia established Pyramid Valley and emerged as NZ pioneers of both biodynamic practices and high-density viticulture. For almost 20 years they inspired and/or challenged all those who came into their orbit. Their minute scale and exceptional dedication to their soils and vines led to some incredible wines being produced. First visiting the vineyard in 2007, Steve Smith MW (then of Craggy Range) was one of many affected by what he describes as one the most compelling and unique vineyards he has ever visited. When Mike’s health went into decline, the Weersings were forced to sell and Smith and his partner Brian Sheth acquired the estate in late 2017. The spectre of Burgundy is writ large over the foundation and ethos of Pyramid Valley, yet we should not expect imitations in terms of the style of the wines. Rather they have their own very distinctive style and energy, and this is precisely as it should be with terroir-driven wines; uniqueness is the point.

Angel Flower is a cooler, more exposed block than Earth Smoke. The shallow soils and north-facing aspect here result in a more floral and aromatic wine, although the weight and shape of the palate have much in common with Pyramid’s other single-site Pinot. The team have also recently planted a little Chardonnay on these soils, recognising its potential as a great white wine terroir.


96 points

A wine with considerable, deep-set, spicy allure that has aromas of dried roses, blueberries, purple cherries and pot-pourri. The palate delivers a beautifully plush array of fine and seamless tannins, an exceptionally smooth mouthfeel and a long, alluring and convincing finish. Drink now.

95 points
Wine Enthusiast

The last vintage from Winemaker Mike Weersing, this is more structured than its sister wine, Earth Smoke. It's a bit volatile too, but just enough to add character and lift the aromas of violets, sour cherry, mushroom, white spice, wet stone and damp earth. It's texturally gorgeous, with gravelly, mineral-streaked tannins, crystalline acidity and just a touch of funk. This is is a wild and emotive wine for drinking now.


Serving Temp.
12-14 °C
Food pairing
Beef heart laap with Makhwaen

Pyramid Valley Vineyards 'Angel Flower' Pinot Noir Museum Release 2016

Pyramid Valley Vineyards 'Angel Flower' Pinot Noir Museum Release 2016

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