Highlight 2010 Pinot Noir Pioneers At Pinot 2013

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Jan 29th, 2013 | By | Category: Written Wine Reviews

Pyramid Valley Pinot Noir 2010It’s nice to be surprised every now and then. Actually, it’s nice to be surprised fullstop. So when there were a few wineries names that I wasn’t overly familiar with, at the Pioneers tasting, it was more than welcomed.

Along with the usual suspects of Ata Rangi Neudorf, Schubert, Pyramid Valley, Craggy Range and Dry River, that I get to taste frequently and we all know make sublime wines, it was the smaller guys that made an equally good impression.

It became very obvious that New Zealand has now many wineries making world class Pinot Noir, and it’s very affordable compared to other great Pinot producing regions of the world. Is New Zealand Pinot Noir being sold too cheaply, or are they just paying their dues.

Of all the regions tasted, Waipara had a common vein running through a vast majority of the wines tasted. Many of the wines had similar profiles

Highlight wines:

Pyramid Valley Angel Flower 2010: An intriguingly funky nose. Very clean, pure, and precise wine. Balance is the key. Depth of character with fruit and savoriness balanced beautifully. Chalky ripe tannin and good length. 94 pts

Pyramid Valley Earth Smoke 2010: Treated exactly the same as Angel Flower but distinctly different. Medicinal characters take you back to your childhood. The red spicy fruit come through well on the balanced palate. Delicious. 92 Pts

Both Pyramid Valley wines tasted were biodynamic wines.

Fancrest Estate Pinot Noir 2010: Earthy characters on the nose with hints of liqurice and black fruit. Youthful wine with agressive tannin. Built for cellaring. 88-91 pts

Fancrest Estate Pinot Noir 2009: A wine that has started to mellow. Ripe summer berry compote aromatics with lifted violets and hint of saddle leather. The tannin is fine and chalky. Balanced

Both Fancrest Estate wines tasted were biodynamic wines.

All of the other highlights of the tasting I’ve written about before. They include: Mountford, Pegasus Bay, Black Estate, etc.



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Written by Jayson Bryant

Jayson’s roots in wine began when his father literally dragged him round France and injected his passion into him. From the age of 8 his family took month long holidays in France travelling through all regions and sampling their wine.
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