1.1 tonnes per acre from this north-facing parcel; ten year old vines. Denser, shallower soils, still clay-limestone: 20% clay, 3-7% active lime. Biodynamic from before planting.
I believe that with each passing year we better understand how to manage our vineyards, and how best to respect our fruit. In 2011, I think we achieved a transparency, a lack of winemaking effect, more than ever before. Hand destemmed, with a little bit of foot crushing, then fermentation on skins for 27 days, settled also for a lunar cycle, then pressed and transferred to barrel, all French, and none new. Alcohol 12.9%, 298 cases produced.
What others are saying about this Wine…
95 Points Wine advocate – Lisa Perrotti-Brown
Pale ruby colored, the 2011 Angel Flower Vineyard Pinot Noir offers a ground-breaking New Zealand Pinot nose with an incredible floral perfume complimented by a complex savory / meaty character with bright red cherry and cranberry notes, classic violets and earthy forest floor hints. Medium-bodied, the wine is very elegant and perfumed on the palate with earth laced cherries giving way to the multi-layered and very long, minerally / ferrous finish. Harmonious and beautiful – truly impressive.
96 Points – Gary Walsh and Mike Bennie – The Winefront NZ
What evocative names they are! Luckily, the wines live up to them.
Rose and mint perfume, spice, red cherry and red fruit but pared back, great expression. Silky and fine in the mouth, super fine grained tannin, bell clear acidity, meaty flavours in the mix. Kind of hard to pick out individual flavours, more comes as a sort of ‘entity’. Delicious to drink. So cool and interesting.
94 Points – Tyson Stelzer Angel Flower 2011
presents a lovely, ethereal elegance, while maintaining a brightness of fruit not always evident in Pyramid Valley’s idiosyncratic, naturally grown and made style. These are wines that push the boundaries, cloudy and browning in appearance, with an appeal for those seeing anything but the status quo. This is a particularly fragrant wine of rose hip, exotic spice and pipesmoke set against a backdrop of forest floor. It’s complex, savoury and intricately textured with fine, mineral tannins, finishing confidently, with even line and great persistence.
4 ½ stars Michael Cooper Buyers Guide 2014 The 2011 has full, slightly hazy colour. Matured in seasoned oak barriques, it is mouthfilling, rich and supple, with a concentrated, very savoury palate, plum and dried-herb flavours, fresh acidity and good tannin backbone. Best drinking 2015+