Pyramid Valley Growers Collection

The Pyramid Valley vineyards (Photo: Pyramid Valley Wines)

Pyramid Valley has always made adventurous wines. Chardonnay and pinot noir from their home vineyard in North Canterbury have earned a great track record for their outstanding quality, although they don’t always hit the high spots. Their second label “Growers Collection” relies on purchased grapes from outside their home base and unconventional winemaking to yield wines that can be great or, in my opinion, downright faulty.

The Growers Collection label will disappear once current stocks are depleted.Smith and Sheth have now purchased Pyramid Valley and plan to restrict the label to pinot noir and chardonnay from their own, soon to be expanded, North Canterbury site as well as pinot noir from Central Otago. The Growers Collection label will disappear once current stocks are depleted.

I recently reviewed some of the currently available Pyramid Valley Growers Collection wines and was impressed by the following.

The 2015 Pyramid Valley Growers Collection Howell Family Vineyard Cabernet Franc from Hawke’s Bay is an impressively dense, concentrated wines from 30-year-old vines in the Bridge Pa Triangle. Quite firmly-structured now but with obvious cellaring potential. (NZD $45)

The 2016 Pyramid Valley Growers Collection Calrossie Vineyard Pinot Noir from Marlborough is an equally impressive red, with appealing complexity supported by firm, drying tannins. Quite Burgundy-like. (NZD $45)

My favourite wine if the trio is the 2015 Pyramid Valley Growers Collection Hutchinson Family Vineyard Pinot Gris Pinot Blanc, an intense, developed and quite textural wine that was a pleasure to taste. This is a seriously good food wine – try it with roast chicken. (NZD $35)

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