Pyramid Valley Wines is run by Mike and Claudia Weersing who came to New Zealand in 1996 when Mike began making wine with Tim and Judy Finn at Neudorf Vineyards in Nelson. Previously he 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. In addition to the Pinot and Chardonnay the Weersing's also produce a number of 'grower' wines whereby a desirable patch of another grower's vineyard is rented and the vines raised in the Weersing's artisinal fashion. Wines produced this way include Reisling and Semillon. 'Lion's Tooth' Chardonnay is made from hand-picked grapes from very low yields and is fermented in old French oak barrels for 15 months. Only 1,200 bottles are made.
A brilliant golden in the glass. Rich, opulent aromas of apricots, brioche and grilled nuts. On the palate complex flavours of honeyed fruit with great length leading to a lingering finish. A superb balance between fruit and structure. Drink with braised pork with pearl onions and grapes, boudin blanc with a leek and mustard sauce or poached salmon with a caper butter sauce.