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2020 Pyramid Valley ‘Earth Smoke’ Pinot Noir

  • Producer
    Pyramid Valley
  • Vintage
  • Grape Variety
    Pinot Noir
  • Region
    New Zealand
  • Sub Region
  • Size

In the year 2000, Mike and Claudia Elze Weersing found the patch of earth they’d been searching 15 years for.

With a background in winemaking from Burgundy and vintages of experience from some of Europe’s finest cellars, Mike knew what he wanted in a vineyard site. With Claudia by his side, they set about planting a biodynamic Garden of Eden from the ground up.

They planted four blocks, half Pinot Noir, half Chardonnay, on the slopes of Pyramid Valley in the South Island.

In 2017 the baton was passed to friends Steve Smith (of Craggy Range renown) and Brian Sheth, who took over the ownership of Pyramid Valley, to further develop this extraordinary legacy. One of their first developments was to extend the Pyramid Valley range to a magnificent winery in Central Otago.

These are some of the most compelling and individual wines in all of New Zealand that have deservedly received much critical acclaim.

Tasting Notes

96 Points Vinous
The 2020 Pinot Noir Earth Smoke is a massively different wine from its stablemate Angel Flower, giving a more expansive wine that blossoms in the mouth without any sense of weight. There’s elegance and sense of precision. And do you know what? It feels special. If I were tasting blind, aromatically, I’d think it were a cool climate Syrah with sandalwood, fennel, agave and white pepper characters in abundance alongside pure cherry fruit. The finish is fresh and precise. Drink 2024-2035.

95 Points James Suckling
Rosehips, wild strawberries, rosemary, oyster shells, peppercorns, violets and thyme on the nose. Wonderfully fragrant and expressive, with tight tannins and vibrant acidity. Delicious peppery, lightly stemmy notes. Lots of tension. Drink or hold. Screw cap.

2020 Pyramid Valley ‘Earth Smoke’ Pinot Noir