Pyramid Valley Angel Flower Pinot Noir 2011
NZD $114.95NZD $94.95
Pyramid Valley situated in North Canterbury, in our view, establishes the top gear for New Zealand Pinot Noir. The owners have taken their inspiration from the great wines of Burgundy. Planted in slopes of clay limestone soils with a density of 12,000 vines per hectare which is incredibly high and managed pretty much biodynamical. No artificial pesticides, herbicides and the wine is made reflecting the vineyard and its terroir which means natural fermentation, no filtration, no artificial yeasts and no finings. As a result you have a medium to full bodied, soft and beautifully textured Pinot Noir that exhibits dry herbs, lavender, violets yet profound, pure and focused. In our view, one of the very best in the country.
Old Vine Sauvignon Blanc 2013
NZD $13.95NZD $12.95
Another exceptional offering for this very much underrated producer, it came to us by accident trying some top New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc and this just happened to come out on top. Fruity, flinty and aromatic, a barrage of gooseberry and lychee but dry with a lengthy middle palate, succulence and balance, what really good old fashioned Sauvignon Blanc used to be and the main thing really, all for $12.95. An absolute bargain!
Ata Rangi Pinot Noir 2012
NZD $89.95NZD $67.95
Ata Rangi over the years has consistently made top flight New Zealand wines across the board but perhaps it has been their Pinot Noir which has elevated them to the level they are at now.Sleek with ultra supple tannins that supports vivid and slightly rustic red fruits, very young and still very fresh with stone and black cherry notes. The palate is well structured supported by excellent acidity with hints of dark chocolate and rose petal. This is obviously very young but as always, Ata Rangi is able to age for a number of years, as it does a lot of the present fresh fruits will turn savoury and much better integrated. Cellar for 4-6 years.
Awapuni Point Chardonnay 2012
NZD $16.95NZD $15.95
The brand new vintage of Awapuni Point Chardonnay from a brand new area, Hawkes Bay. Still made by Alan McCorkindale and frankly it’s even better than the last one. A little bit more oak, slightly richer with a more buttery emphasis yet elegant, well balanced with lovely structure, ripe stone fruits, very well integrated oak and at $15.95 probably one of the best Chardonnays around!
Alan McCorkindale Sauvignon Blanc 2013
NZD $19.95NZD $18.95
With the enormous amount of Sauvignon Blanc available around the country nowadays, they all seem to be put into the same bag however Alan has always exceeded in producing outstanding Sauvignon Blanc with character, finesse and structure that not only typifies the region but also the wines. We have no doubt that this is one of the very best available on the market and is still at the price of $18.95 which considering its quality, offers excellent value.
Pyramid Valley Earth Smoke Pinot Noir 2011
NZD $114.95NZD $94.95
The same principles of biodynamic viticulture, no filtration, natural winemaking, apply to the Earth Smoke vineyard as it does to the Angel Flower vineyard however the Earth Smoke is a heavier clay, with a denser, wild, gamey outcome. Earth Smoke is richer, more intense and fuller bodied displaying wonderful acidity and middle palate. Will also cellar very nicely for the next 5 years plus.