Date: Jul 05/12, Thu Time: 03:30:00-06:30:00 Style: Drop-In
Pyramid Valley Vineyards Wine Tasting - Back by popular demand, we were pleased have Mike Weersing of Pyramid Valley (NZ) at the Reserve. Thanks to partner wine agent Mark Cuff at the Living Vine, Mike was back at the Fine Wine Reserve to present his wares.
Mike and Claudia Weersing continue to work nature’s magic on their wines. The results are truly unique wines that can only come from these creative hands working out of this pretty patch just inland from the Waipara. Even more exciting is that the quality straight across the estate and growers labels just gets better and more consistent each year from this relatively new operation. The Growers Collection is a range of wines sourced from throughout New Zealand that have been grown organically and are made by Mike. The Home Vineyards Collection represents wines that are wines produced biodynamically off the small but beautiful “home” estate in North Canterbury. Both ranges are well worth seeking out.
Wines tasted at this session included:
2009 Rose Riesling $32.95 RP = 90 - The 2009 Rose Vineyard Marlborough Riesling gives a chalky, mineral nose with some straw and lime leaf plus a little citrus zest and freshly made bread dough. Made to a relatively dry style, it has a medium body and lively acidity cutting through the elegant fruit, finishing long and steely. Approachable now, it should drink well to 2016+.
2009 Riverbrook Riesling $32.95 RP = 91 - The 2009 Riverbrook Vineyard Marlborough Riesling gives a yeasty / savory character over intense notes of warm grapefruit, lemon tart, baking bread and marzipan. Medium-dry with crisp acid to balance, it is light bodied yet concentrated in the mouth with a nice balance of fruit and savory flavors going long into the finish.
2009 Kerner Pinot Blanc $36.95 RP = 91 - The 2009 Kerner Estate Marlborough Pinot Blanc has ripe tropical aromas with some wild yeast notes, apricots and poached pears plus a whiff of meal. Full bodied and medium-dry it has plenty of rich savory / toasty flavors in the mouth, a satiny texture and a good long finish. Drinking now, it has some capacity to age and should cellar to 2015+.
2009 Lions Tooth Chardonnay $74.95 RP = 91+ - The 2009 Lion’s Tooth Chardonnay has expressive lemon curd and orange blossom aromas with hints of pineapple, buttered toast, meal, ginger and chalk dust. Concentrated in the mouth with a medium-full body and excellent mid-palate richness, it has refreshing acidity contrasting the silken texture and lingering long into the finish.
2009 Cowley Pinot Noir $49.95 RP = 90 - Pale ruby colored, the 2009 Cowley Family Vineyard Marlborough Pinot Noir has ripe red cherry and raspberry aromas with some cloves, cinnamon stick, pepper and touch of mace. Medium bodied with just enough taut fruit, it offers medium level grainy tannins, crisp acid and a long finish.
2009 Calvert Pinot Noir $59.95 RP = 91 - The 2009 Calvert Vineyard Central Otago Pinot Noir comes from 11 year old vines on schist. It displays a deep ruby-purple color and meaty/gamey aromas over a core of black cherry and black raspberry plus hints of some tar, anise and menthol. Full bodied and concentrated in the mouth, it has chewy tannins, medium-high acid and a long savory finish. Drink it now through 2015+.
2010 Angel Flower $79.95 RP = 91-93 − The 2010 Angel Flower Pinot Noir offers alluring ripe cherry and mulberry aromas over baking spices, lilacs and a touch of honeysuckle. Medium bodied with a medium level of fine-grained tannins, it has medium-high acid and long finish.
2010 Earth Smoke $79.95 RP = 91-93 - The 2010 Earth Smoke Pinot Noir gives ripe black raspberry and pomegranate aromas at this stage with hints of violets and baking spices. Generously fruited, it gives a medium-high level of very fine tannins with medium-high acid and a long, pure finish.
2009 Howell Cab. Franc $49.95 Medium-deep ruby-purple in color, the 2009 Howell Family Vineyard Hawke’s Bay Cabernet Franc is a little closed, offering delicate to moderately pronounced notes of red currants and red cherries over nuances of black pepper, moss covered tree bark and game. Ripe and rich in the medium bodied mouth, it has medium-firm silky tannins, crisp acidity and a long savory finish.