Pyramid Valley Earth Smoke Pinot Noir 2020

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Pyramid Valley Earth Smoke Pinot Noir 2020
Producer Pyramid Valley
Region, Country Canterbury, New Zealand
Bottle Size 750ml
Product Code 20960-750

Biodynamic. Pyramid Valley’s Pinot Noir vineyards are densely planted on clay/limestone slopes. Earth Smoke sits on the richer soils of the two; an expansive, east-facing slope with strong, beautifully structured soils comparatively high in limestone. The name here comes from the nickname given to fumitory, a plant of the poppy family that can be found thriving in this 0.85-hectare plot. Although both wines share a familial DNA, the later-picked Earth Smoke is typically the more structured and darker of the two, with more fruit weight to go with its tender, fine tannins. The fruit for the 2020 was carefully hand-sorted, fully destemmed, and fermented wild. Following 21 to 27 days on skins, the juice was pressed and then settled in tank before being transferred by gravity to French barrels for 18 months. 

The combination of high sunlight, high UV, moderate temperatures, and decent humidity is nirvana for temperate plants. Pyramid’s vines respond by harnessing all this energy to ripen grapes that are full of the delicate aromas, beautiful flavours and refined phenolics that are the benchmark for fine, cool-climate Pinot Noir (and often lost in warmer, more stressful climates). The 2020 Angel Flower and Earth Smoke are resplendent with this energy and the unique stamp of their particular part of the Waikari vineyard.

The aromas themselves are as beguiling as they are surprising: brooding black cherry and dark plum, orange, Christmas cake spices and hints of warm, damp forest. The palate has a pure and comforting ripe black cherry pastry feel that’s pulled into line by wonderful savoury, sappy nuances and fine acidity. It’s dense and long with not an ounce of fat, just-perfect ripeness and the feel of clay and chalk with a refined, mineral-tinged close. Again, it is already showing its inner beauty, but stash it away for at least a few years and you will be rewarded.


Pyramid Valley Earth Smoke Pinot Noir 2020

Reviews

"Estate-grown on an elevated, inland, east-facing block at Waikari, in North Canterbury, the 2020 vintage was matured for 18 months in French oak cuves and barrels. Already delicious, it is full, bright ruby, mouthfilling, savoury and supple, with deep, ripe cherry, plum and spice flavours, showing lovely complexity and harmony. It should be long-lived."
Michael Cooper, Michael Cooper's Buyer's Guide New Zealand
"Rosehips, wild strawberries, rosemary, oyster shells, peppercorns, violets and thyme on the nose. Wonderfully fragrant and expressive, with tight tannins and vibrant acidity. Delicious peppery, lightly stemmy notes. Lots of tension. Drink or hold. Screw cap." Top 100 wines of New Zealand
95 points, James Suckling, Jamessuckling.com
"With a more elemental stance on the palate, again, the name of the wine is truly evocative of its flavour. That it is named after a weed found growing wild in the vineyard is borderline unbelievable, but it’s true. In the same way that Lion’s Tooth Chardonnay was tougher and more unyielding than Field of Fire, Earth Smoke is the more belligerent and belligerent of the Pinot pair. Backward and this time more akin to a brooding, squarecut Morey-Saint-Denis, this wine needs ages but will be utterly astonishing when it finally falls into equilibrium." 19+/20
Matthew Jukes, matthewjukes.com
"The 2020 Pinot Noir Earth Smoke is a massively different wine from its stablemate Angel Flower, giving a more expansive wine that blossoms in the mouth without any sense of weight. There's elegance and sense of precision. And do you know what? It feels special. If I were tasting blind, aromatically, I'd think it were a cool climate Syrah with sandalwood, fennel, agave and white pepper characters in abundance alongside pure cherry fruit. The finish is fresh and precise."
97 points, Rebecca Gibb MW, Vinous

Reviews

"Estate-grown on an elevated, inland, east-facing block at Waikari, in North Canterbury, the 2020 vintage was matured for 18 months in French oak cuves and barrels. Already delicious, it is full, bright ruby, mouthfilling, savoury and supple, with deep, ripe cherry, plum and spice flavours, showing lovely complexity and harmony. It should be long-lived."
Michael Cooper, Michael Cooper's Buyer's Guide New Zealand
"Rosehips, wild strawberries, rosemary, oyster shells, peppercorns, violets and thyme on the nose. Wonderfully fragrant and expressive, with tight tannins and vibrant acidity. Delicious peppery, lightly stemmy notes. Lots of tension. Drink or hold. Screw cap." Top 100 wines of New Zealand
95 points, James Suckling, Jamessuckling.com
"With a more elemental stance on the palate, again, the name of the wine is truly evocative of its flavour. That it is named after a weed found growing wild in the vineyard is borderline unbelievable, but it’s true. In the same way that Lion’s Tooth Chardonnay was tougher and more unyielding than Field of Fire, Earth Smoke is the more belligerent and belligerent of the Pinot pair. Backward and this time more akin to a brooding, squarecut Morey-Saint-Denis, this wine needs ages but will be utterly astonishing when it finally falls into equilibrium." 19+/20
Matthew Jukes, matthewjukes.com
"The 2020 Pinot Noir Earth Smoke is a massively different wine from its stablemate Angel Flower, giving a more expansive wine that blossoms in the mouth without any sense of weight. There's elegance and sense of precision. And do you know what? It feels special. If I were tasting blind, aromatically, I'd think it were a cool climate Syrah with sandalwood, fennel, agave and white pepper characters in abundance alongside pure cherry fruit. The finish is fresh and precise."
97 points, Rebecca Gibb MW, Vinous

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