CULT PACK Pyramid Valley New Releases 2017

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  • South Melbourne
  • Sydney
  • Essendon

When it comes to winegrowing, Mike Weersing is one of the most articulate souls you will ever meet. His exacting approach flows through every detail of his vineyard and winery. TYSON STELZER

You may think you know New Zealand wines but I can assure you that until you have tasted Pyramid Valley, you have no idea. When I first sampled the earliest releases from this left-of-center producer, I was so drawn to the signature, ground-breaking if, at that time, not altogether flawless wines that I vowed to pay them a visit as soon as possible (which, given their location, is easier said than done). There was a spark of “otherness” about the wines that was so unlike anything else in New Zealand, it was difficult to say if proprietors Mike and Claudia Weersing were geniuses or mad or mad geniuses. I’m still kinda thinking there’s an element of the latter going on here but at least my first visit in 2011 and follow-up visit this year have confirmed to me that they are most definitely wine geniuses. Having searched New Zealand for their ideal plot of land to produce Pinot Noir and Chardonnay of the very highest quality, the Weersings were tempted by comradery to plant amongst their friends in Central Otago. But it was the unique, clay-limestone soils and scarp slopes near Waikari in North Canterbury that stole their hearts. In 2000 they planted vines in one of New Zealand’s newest and remotest wine regions…so new and remote it still doesn’t really have a name other than ‘North Canterbury’. Claudia is the biodynamic green-thumb and Mike is the Burgundian trained winemaker in this small-scale, hands-on operation. Everything in the fields and winery is as natural as natural can be and anyone who has followed the wines over the years will know, from tasting if not knowledge, that Mike has tested the boundaries of no / low sulfur additions and now seems to have a knack for adding just-enough to ensure stability without compromising the couples’ ethics. The results speak for themselves: astonishingly good, terroir-expressive wines that will challenge all your preconceptions.LISA PERROTTI-BROWN MW

Pyramid Valley wines have created a cult like following over the past decade. The line-up in this pack is a wonderful introduction to their fambouyant whites and serious single vineyard Chardonnay and Pinot Noir. Mike mentions that his 2015 whites; Rose Riesling, tastes like daffodils look, and the Kerner Pinot Blanc combines power with charm; retro-olfactively floral and flirtatious spirit. The single site new releases from 2014 are a walk through the estate, and extremely limited. All with varying degrees of weight, structure and complex fruit. These wines are for the thinkers, the daydreamers. More of whom we need in this current climate.