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Mike and Claudia Weersing came to New Zealand in 1996, when Mike began making wine with Tim and Judy Finn at Neudorf Vineyards in Nelson. After a long and intensive search to find a site for their own vineyard, they purchased a farm in the Pyramid Valley, near Waikari in North Canterbury, in 2000. The home vineyard was established according to rules that Mike grew to respect and inherently to trust during his time studying and working in Burgundy: Pinot Noir and Chardonnay have been planted on clay-limestone soils on scarp slopes, at a density of 10,000-12,000 vines per hectare. The vineyard has been biodynamically managed from inception. Each block is planted to reflect a specific soil type hence the somewhat irregular looking blocks. In total they have only 2.2 hectares planted in four separate blocks. The differences you can taste reflects the soil and climatic differences between each block. The team vinifies each block and variety separately but identically in a mixture of old oak and clay amphorae so the outside influences on the grape are minimised. The blocks themselves were named by Claudia after the weed varieties predominant in each, which also reflect the different soil. Visit the Pyramid Valley Website.
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TasteGood intensity of wild strawberry & soy aromas with nuances of dried herbs & cloves. Medium bodied palate with exquisitely soft tannins, medium to high acid & a lush finishEatChicken breast stuffed with sun-dried tomatoesWhyWell-rounded
TasteBaked peach & yellow flowers on the nose. The palate is lush & energetic yet streamlined with stony acidity & girdling phenolicsEatFreshly grilled scallopsWhyAn amazing Chardonnay