White

2007 Pyramid Valley Sémillon Growers Collection Hille Vineyard

Sémillon

  • New Zealand
  • South Island
  • Marlborough
Drink between 2009 - 2014 (Edit)
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Community Tasting Notes 21

  • 2caveman Likes this wine: 94 points

    January 9, 2017 - I just love this wine from start to finish. Understand the "Capsicum conundrum" but for those who do not have a capsicum aversion, this is a stunning and complete wine. 10 years on it has gorgeous golden hue, a fabulous ferous nose and a bracing, complex mouth feel with a long satisfying finish. Superb value with many years of life ahead for those lucky enough to have stocked up.

  • mrfroopy wrote: 94 points

    April 17, 2015 - Brilliant, unique, spicy and will last for ages.
    Great with Indian food

  • forceberry wrote: 96 points

    December 22, 2014 - A Kiwi Sémillon made in a completely hands-off approach.

    Intense, green-yellow color with slightly hazy appearance. Very interesting, complex and attractive aromas of green chili pyrazines, wild complexity, ripe peach, some floral nuances and a hint of honey with a herbal undertone of asparagus and willow bark. Really a contradictory nose where ripe, yellow fruit aromas and green nuances are pitted against each other in a perfect balance. Though the wine is rather full-bodied and even a bit oily, it is also almost electric with its bracing acidity - something not unlike a Hunter Valley Sémillon. Flavors of lemony citrus, green apples, lanolin wax, vegetal chili notes, some floral complexity, a little minerality and a nice, mature touch of aged Sémillon honey and toast. Incredibly crisp, structured and refreshing. The finish is really crisp, quite long and even a bit saline with flavors of pithy grapefruit, honey, chili, some exotic spices and a hint of mature toastiness.

    Pyramid Valley delivers, again. Spectacular stuff that is something not unlike a really wild and weird cousin of Hunter Valley Sémillon - and otherwise a real antipole of that ripe, rich and fruit-heavy style of Sémillon more often encountered in new world wine countries. Truly a wine that shows vegetal-green richness. I can imagine the capsicum-like green aromas might not be to everyone's tastes, but in this wine nothing seems out of place to me. Really amazing, unique stuff with stunning balance. Good value at 28€.

  • kakpoo wrote: 90 points

    October 10, 2014 - Green bell pepper didn't bug me as much in the second bottle, and if served for the right occasion (we paired it with summer dinner of salad, kale and salmon) it is so food friendly. Also, it is very complex once you acclimate to the green pepper. I found that the wine just got more and more interesting, compelling and tasty as the night went on.

  • UpfromtheCellar wrote: 86 points

    July 10, 2014 - Certainly a wild and hectic-ly robust wine (still) but just too much capsicum (bell pepper) for my tastes. While only present in the nose, every time I came back for another sip I had to deal with that.

    NO. Sorry, I feel that that is a flaw of under ripe grapes and while I appreciate how difficult it really is to snatch the Semillon off the vine before it gets too ripe and flabby, nevertheless, they missed that narrow window in this vintage and picked too early.

    Having said that, they got lots of wild flavors in this bottle and if the green bell pepper notes don't bother you, you will score this wine a few points higher.

    Not for me thanks but go for it!

    Not getting better with age

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  • By Julia Harding, MW
    11/10/2012 (link)

    (Pyramid Valley, Growers Collection Hille Vineyard Semillon Marlborough White) Subscribe to see review text.

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  • By Stephen Tanzer
    September/October 2008, IWC Issue #140 (link)

    (Pyramid Valley Vineyards Semillon/Sauvignon Blanc Hille Vineyard Marlborough) Subscribe to see review text.

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  • By Jon Rimmerman
    9/17/2008 (link)

    (HILLE Semillon Pyramid Valley) Hille

    Dear Friends,

    Once again, timing is everything.

    I'm sitting here in the hospital room, about as punch-drunk as one can be from no sleep and the sheer will of emotion that comes from bringing life into this world and urgency of a different variety has entered my in-box. While the new baby sleeps, I've been taking my time on the remaining 2007 Pyramid Valley wines (mostly whites) as they deserve due time in their review. The problem is that Tanzer agrees and now all bets are off (he was so excited about the wine below, he included it in his Pinot Noir/Sauvignon Blanc review instead of waiting for the "Other wines form New Zealand" article later in the year).

    With all the lifeless wines in the world, to come across one that truly shimmers with a distinct sense of soul is the reason I chase the vinous dragon every day. To be brief - this is simply one of the more electric wines I've tasted this year, especially in the $20 range (I wanted to use the word "intriguing" but then I'd be accused of plagiarism - see review below). With air it builds and builds to a light show of flavor, terroir and texture rarely seen outside of the old-world. Mike and Claudia Weershing have outdone themselves with this wine and I have no problem predicting it will best many of the finest wines in the world at 3-4 times the price. If you can imagine a liquefied vessel of green, herbal fluid that weaves it's way in and out of white fruit and nut tones with dry elements, complex acids and exotic notes in the same sip - this is your wine. A great effort that is as singular as the Volcano red wine we offered earlier in the day:

    One of the finest white wines produced in the Southern Hemisphere or anywhere for that matter.

    VERY HIGHLY RECOMMENDED

    ONE SHIPMENT ONLY directly from the source with perfect provenance

    2007 Pyramid Valley Vineyards "Hille Vineyard" Semillon (Marlborough)
    (this is not Pyramid Hill Semillon - this is Hille, with an "e")

    Thank you,

    Jon Rimmerman
    Garagiste
    Seattle, WA

    NZ5400

Wine Definition

  • Vintage 2007
  • Type White
  • Producer Pyramid Valley
  • Varietal Sémillon
  • Designation Growers Collection
  • Vineyard Hille Vineyard
  • Country New Zealand
  • Region South Island
  • SubRegion Marlborough
  • Appellation Marlborough
  • UPC Code 7070292713127

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  • In Cellars 46 (43%)
  • Consumed 62 (57%)

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