2019 Pyramid Valley North Canterbury Chardonnay
Pyramid Valley Vineyards
North Canterbury, New Zealand.
This beautiful Chardonnay of pristine, sky-clear freshness, was drawn from old vine Mendoza from Waipara vineyards (on both Omihi clays and Rangitata gravels). Hand-picked and wild fermented, the 2019 was raised in French barrels (20% new) for 12 months, before settling in stainless steel tanks on light lees for a further four months.
Bottled unfined and unfiltered, leaving the wine with a lightly hazy appearance, it opens with a complex mineral-etched nose, with savoury cashew notes supported by ripe stone and citrus fruits, all with an underlying salinity. The palate is super-vibrant with a salivating citrus drive, supported by gentle toasty oak, all showing a delicious assortment of bright, ripe, plush fruit, and great structure and texture.