Awarded 95 points and Outstanding status by Decanter (www.decanter.com) in their April 2018 edition article entitled Chablis Alternatives: 30 Fresh Wines (see blue link below) .
Pyramid Valley Lions Tooth Chardonnay 2015 - April 2018 Decanter review
Awarded 94 points and Highly Recommended status by Decanter (www.decanter.com) in their May 2018 edition column, "Stephen Spurrier's Fine Wine World" (see blue link below) .
Pyramid Valley Lions Tooth Chardonnay 2015 - May 2018 Decanter review
The philosophy of Mike and Claudia Elze Weersing of Pyramid Valley Vineyards is as follows:
"Wine to us is a genie, genius loci; our job is to coax it from its rock to bottle. Every gesture we make, in vineyard and winery, is a summons to this spirit of place. Biodynamics, hand-based viticulture, low yields, natural winemaking – these are some of the means we’ve adopted better to record and transmit this voice.For example, all of our wines are fermented with their own yeast starters, cultured every year, from the vineyard itself. If wine is meant to be the bottled breath of a certain place, from a certain moment in time, then we feel that working with yeasts from that site, of that season, is an important step towards transparency and authenticity. Our cultures allow very long, very regular ferments: most of our whites ferment for more than a year. During this time, the wine is protected, so no sulphur is necessary. After so long a ferment, the wine is stable: thus most of our wines are bottled unfiltered, again with little or no sulphur."
Soils and terrain: 42.2hl/ha from this steeply inclined, east facing home block. Gorgeous soils, with nut and crumb structure and great mineral fertility: 30% clay, 15-20% active lime.
Vineyard and winemaking: Late April pick, whole bunch pressed, indigenous yeast starter culture with ferment lasting 12 months, half in clay giare, and half in used French oak. Natural, spring malolactic. Nine months on lees in barrel, then transferred to a variable capacity tank for a further month of settling; bottled unfined and unfilterd.
Production is just 390 x 6-bottle cases.
Pale, brilliant platinum/gold. Begins empyreumatic, and ferruginous, like red bricks in hot sun. Also a dried flower note: straw daisies. Emerging scents of acacia, and pear, prettify the aromatic spectrum. Intensely saline, mouth-tremblingly electric, enormous precision and grip; flavours of bitter orange (not bitter, but more acid, less sweet than tangerine or mandarin) and new nectarines. The active lime tenacity in this wine as strong as the producer have ever seen from this site. "Unyielding, acute, insubordinate to sycophantic styles", as they say at Pyramid.