Pyramid Valley Earth Smoke Museum Release Pinot Noir 2016


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The Wine

Pyramid Valley’s Pinot Noir vineyards are densely planted on clay/limestone slopes. Earth Smoke sits on the richer soils of the two: an expansive, east-facing slope with strong, beautifully structured soils that are comparatively high in limestone. The name here comes from the nickname given to fumitory, a plant of the poppy family that can be found thriving in this 0.85-hectare plot. Although both wines share a familial DNA, the later-picked Earth Smoke is typically the more structured and darker of the two wines, with more fruit weight to go with its tender, fine tannins. 

Bottled unfiltered, there is slightly more fruit weight here (than Angel Flower) with enveloping savoury/umami and spice scents, underpinned by a darker-fruited spectrum. Again, there is driving freshness which, in tandem with a delicate weave of tannin, cradles a palate of finesse and fine detail with seamless poise. The finish is shot with earthy complexity and there’s a lovely lift on the minerally, long close. Like the Angel Flower, it’s approaching its peak now and will keep for three to five years. 

The Reviews

“The nose of this wine is perfumed with wild strawberries, cherries, crushed dried flowers and streaks of minerals—cool wet stones and damp earth—all gliding onto the palate where a gentle grip of spicy, mineral-smudged tannins are balanced by pristine acidity. Already drinking at its prime, it's not for the cellar, but it is unadulterated and imbued with the heart and soul.” 96 points, Christina Pickard, Wine Enthusiast

“This has a very enticing and complex nose with lightly smoky red and purple cherries, freshly ground baking spices and sappy, woody, bracken-like nuances. The palate has a beautifully supple texture with juicy red and black-cherry flavours running long and fresh. Drink or hold. Screw cap.” 95 points,