Pyramid Valley Wines is run by Mike and Claudia Weersing who came to New Zealand in 1996. Previously Mike had made wine with Nicolas Potel in Burgundy, Jean-Michel Deiss in Alsace and Ernst Loosen in the Mosel. After a 5 year search to find a site for their own vineyard, they purchased a farm in the Pyramid Valley, near Waikari, North Canterbury, in 2000. They immediately set about making wines strictly according to biodynamic principles on clay-limestone soils on scarp slopes. There are four vineyards, two planted with Chardonnay (Lion's Tooth, Field of Fire), and the others Pinot Noir (Earth Smoke, Angel Fire). Each vineyard is named after the weed which occupies that particular site and in true Burgundian style the vines are planted low and dense. 'Field of Fire' Chardonnay is from hand-picked grapes and is fermented in old oak barrels for 15 months before transfer to tank for a further 9 months prior to bottling. Only 840 bottles are made.
A bright straw-yellow in colour. On the nose, aromas of baked apricots, pear amd marzipan. On the palate, rich and opulent with a refreshing acidity leading to a lengthy finish. Drink with pan-fired scallops, skate wing with fennel and almonds or grilled sea bass with almond polenta.