Returning to the second of my biodynamic-farmed Pyramid Valley Pinot Noirs – the Angel Flower 2016. This is a ‘natural’ wine: handmade and unfiltered – a cloudy, soft burgundy brick colour in the glass. Fragrance of damp earth, leaves and elder florals on the nose. The palate is intensely concentrated – red fruits of cranberry, cherry and raspberry. Spicy with nutmeg, cloves and leather.
A salinity that hints at wet stone, green olives and is layered with more ‘savoury’ characters like prosciutto, mushroom and smoky peat tones. Really complex and slightly perplexing wine. Deserves decanting and staying with over a few hours – the wine keeps shifting and evolving. Probably the least ‘straightforward’ New Zealand wine I’ve had in a long time. More depth and complexity than it’s sibling, the Earth Smoke, reviewed recently. 95pts.