I believe that with each passing year we better understand our vines, our soil and our intent to let home be whom home wants to be. In 2012, I think we achieved a balance and honesty more than we have ever before. Hand destemmed, with a little bit of foot crushing, then fermentation on skins for 27 days, settled also for a lunar cycle, then pressed and transferred to barrel, all French, and none new. Alcohol 13%, 135 cases produced.
Deep garnet colour, with red lights
On the nose, Pure spice, cinnamon, clove, allspice, nutmeg, red cherry behind, with bright plum and pomegranate.
On the palate, soy, tamarind, meat stock, rishri kambu. We’ve gone past trying to embellish our wines. All we aim for now is honesty and transparency. This wine seems as true as we can accomplish. Thanks to the great vineyard work that Struan and crew it’s perhaps our best yet.
This is about meaning, instead of flattery. Believe if you do.
What others are saying about this wine…
Wine Advocate January 2015- Lisa Perotti-Brown 94+ Pale to medium ruby-purple colored, the 2012 Angel Flower Vineyard Pinot Noir offers a mind-blowing core of red currants and cherries scents with tons of earthy nuances suggesting of Provence herbs, lavender, damp loam and moss. Concentrated and very tightly wound on the palate with firm, fine grained tannins, it offers multi-layered, taut, cool-climate fruit flesh that lingers with great persistence.
“If New Zealand has created a finer Pinot Noir than these two single-vineyard wines from Pyramid Valley Vineyards, I haven’t tasted it.”- MATT KRAMER, Wine Spectator