Pyramid Valley is a special winery. When the vineyard was originally planted, it was meant to mirror Burgundy in the southern hemisphere. The vineyard is isolated in North Canterbury, on slopes and rocky limestone soil. The vine planting is dense; the principles are biodynamic. As a result of all this, the wines are expensive.
The 2012 Pyramid Valley Angel Flower Pinot Noir is certainly more Burgundy than Central Otago, and more Pommard than Vosne-Romanée, meaning it is a very savoury wine. Dark fruited sour cherry characteristics are added to by herbal and spicy flavours. It tasted like a cool climate wine. This Pinot Noir is more about drive than elegance. Firm, grippy tannins lead to a decent finish.