VOLUME 9, ISSUE 46
August 25, 2014
ARTICLES IN THIS ISSUE:
Charles Heintz Vineyards: Getting to Know Winegrower Charlie Heintz and the Pinot Noir, Chardonnay and Syrah from His Very Special Vineyard Lucienne: Very Special Pinot Noir from the Santa Lucia Highlands Formaglini Vineyards Sips of Recently Tasted Wines A New Wave of Outstanding Print Wine Magazines Pinot Briefs Winemaker Up Close & Personal Paul Clifton, Director of Winemaking, Hahn Estates
Pyramid Valley Vineyards
Pyramid Valley Vineyards is a boutique winery owned by Mike and Claudia Weersing who buy grapes by the acre from vineyards in New Zealand (Growers Collection Wines). The Weersings have also planted their own vineyards in limestone-rich soils near Pegasus Bay in Pyramid Valley, about 20 minutes west of Waipara. Winemaker Mike Weersing has an impressive winemaking resume, having worked in many top estates in Spain, Germany and France and also brings meticulous and hands-on attention to the management of his vines. Because of extra canopy management, yields are typically 40-60% of that realized by other buyers of the same vineyard (0.7 tons per acre in 2007) with significantly better maturity. Farming is biodynamic.
Winemaking features a strict minimum of additions - little or no sulfur, natural settling, no enzymes, fermentation exclusively with natural yeasts, natural malos, no finings, and filtration only when necessary. The grapes are tread by foot and fermented in tiny clay vessels. Production is tiny. The obvious commitment to quality and authenticity here suggests this label is poised for future stardom.
The wines are imported by Terra Firma Wine Co. LLC, Oakland, CA.
Articles About Pyramid Valley Vineyards
2007 Pyramid Valley Vineyards Growers Collection Calvert Vineyard Central Otago Pinot Noir
13.5% alc., pH 3.71, 700 cases, $44, screw cap. Imported by multiple US importers including Wine Connections Inc, Denver, CO, Cellar Door Imports, Inc., Woodland Hills, CA, Robert Mackin, Artisan Wines, Norwalk, CT, and Terra Firma Wine Co, Oakland, CA. Pyramid Valley proprietors Mike and Claudia Weersin source grapes from prestigious growers throughout New Zealand. Calvert Vineyard is farmed biodynamically by the team at Felton Road. Unfined and unfiltered. · Deeply colored trending to the purple spectrum. Lovely black cherry and blackberry fruit aromas initially, fading some over time revealing a more savory spectrum of scents including underbrush, green garden and the slightest oak. The moderately dense red and black fruits have an earthy side and a presence on the palate that demands your attention. Juicy and silky textured with fine grain tannins and a clean finish, with a beautifully harmonious composition that can age. A metrosexual wine: fairly masculine intensity with a soft and elegant presence. Reviewed June 22, 2010 ARTICLE »
2006 Pyramid Valley Vineyards Growers Collection Calvert Vineyard Central Otago Pinot Noir
14.2% alc., $35, screw cap. Imported by Terra Firma Wine Co LLC, Oakland, CA. Owen and Michelle Calvert were married on and cultivate the Calvert Vineyard in the Bannockburn region of Central Otago. The vineyard is managed by the team at Felton Road who also bottle a vineyard-designate Pinot Noir from the vineyard. · An intensely fruity nose of dried black cherries, dark ripe berries, cranberry and rhubarb is echoed in the flavors which make an entry statement. Fruit-driven with a hint of earthiness, soft, dry tannins and grippy acidity on the tart finish. Will pick up complexity with time in the bottle. Reviewed October 13, 2008 ARTICLE »
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