North Canterbury, New Zealand
Importer:  Whole Bunch Wines (NSW) (tristan@wholebunchwines.com.au), Bibendum/Imbibo (VIC) (cath@imbibo.com.au)

Proprietor: Mike and Claudia Weersing
Year of Establishment: 2000
Size of Estate: 80 hectares with 2.2 hectares planted
Av. bottles/annum: 9,600

Website: www.pyramidvalley.co.nz

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Pyramid Valley has been leading the way in New Zealand since 2004 for making wines that are free of additives. Being recognized as the first vineyard to be established bio dynamically in 2000 this estate has a selection of Demeter Certified wines that are highly collectable. The home vineyards in North Canterbury, New Zealand, are planted to 12,000 vines per hectare. 

 

Pyramid Valley also offers wines from numerous carefully chosen sites across New Zealand. These include our Orange wine, the first Orange wine to be made in New Zealand in 2010. 

 

By allowing our vineyards and wines to speak for themselves we believe we can offer a true sense of place.


 

VINES

Pyramid Valley Home Vineyard - north canterbury

Size
2.2 Hectares

 

Owned
Harvested by hand
Dry grown
Soil/s
Clay Limestone
Varieties planted
Chardonnay and Pinot Noir
Training system
Vertical shoot positioning
Fertilizer
Biodynamic preparations only
Pest control
Some sulphur
Weed control
Cultivate under the vines
When was it converted to natural farming
From inception

 

Howell Family Vineyard - hawkes bay 

Size
1 Hectare

 

Buying fruit
Harvested by hand
Dry grown
Soil/s
Red metal soils
Varieties planted
Cabernet Franc
Training system
Vertical shoot positioning
Fertilizer
None
Pest control
Conventional with some copper and sulphur
Weed control
Mechanical weeding
When was it converted to natural farming
Being converted
Will the vineyard ever be converted? If so specify time frame
Yes, 2 to 3 years

Kerner Estate Vineyard - marlborough

Size
2 Hectares

 

Buying fruit

 

Harvested by hand
Dry grown
Soil/s
Silt over gravel
Varieties planted
Pinot Blanc and Pinot Gris
Training system
Vertical shoot positioning
Fertilizer
None
Pest control
Some copper and sulphur
Weed control
Mechanical weeding
When was it converted to natural farming
2010

 

 
 

Wines

Angel Flower

2012
Variety
Pinot Noir
Name of the vineyard/s where this fruit is sourced
Home vineyard
Days of skin contact
 
Filtered
No
Fined
No
Elevage
228-350 Litre barrels for 18 months
Wild Yeast
Total Sulphites (ppm)
<10 ppm

Earth Smoke

2012
Variety
Pinot Noir
Name of the vineyard/s where this fruit is sourced
Home vineyard
Days of skin contact
 
Filtered
No
Fined
No
Elevage
228-350 Litre barrels for 16 months
Wild Yeast
Total Sulphites (ppm)
<10 ppm

Growers Collection Howell Family Vineyard

2013
Variety
Cabernet Franc
Name of the vineyard/s where this fruit is sourced
Howell Family Vineyard
Days of skin contact
 
Filtered
No
Fined
No
Elevage
228-300Litre barrels for 10 months
Wild Yeast
Total Sulphites (ppm)
<10 ppm

Growers Collection Kerner Estate Vineyard

2014
Variety
Chardonnay
Name of the vineyard/s where this fruit is sourced
Kerner Estate Vineyard
Days of skin contact
 
Filtered
No
Fined
No
Elevage
400-500 Litre barrels for 12 months
Wild Yeast
Total Sulphites (ppm)
50 ppm

Growers Collection Kerner Estate Vineyard

2014
Variety
Pinot Blanc
Name of the vineyard/s where this fruit is sourced
Kerner Estate Vineyard
Days of skin contact
 
Filtered
No
Fined
No
Elevage
400-500 Litre barrels for 12 months
Wild Yeast
Total Sulphites (ppm)
50 ppm

Growers Collection Orange Wine

2014
Variety
Pinot Blanc, Pinot Gris, Gewurztraminer
Name of the vineyard/s where this fruit is sourced
Kerner Estate Vineyard (67%) and Springwood Vineyard ( 33%)
Days of skin contact
 
Filtered
No
Fined
No
Elevage
10 months in stainless steel
Wild Yeast
Total Sulphites (ppm)
<10 ppm