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Nikolaihof - Eyrie Vineyards
Eyrie Vineyards have a rather special place in the heart of our director and wine-buyer Stuart, as these sensational wines formed the start of his collection over 25 years ago. Which makes it all the more poignant when we say how proud we are to be one of only a handful of Wine Merchants in the UK to stock these beautiful wines.
David Lett was considered a ‘pioneering’ winemaker, planting the first Pinot Noir and Chardonnay vines in the Willamette Valley and the first Pinot Gris vines in the United States back in 1965. Releasing their first vintage in 1970, Eyrie Vineyards had a strong philosophy which still stands today, ‘to interfere as little as possible with the processes of nature’. David stood by his beliefs and refused to follow trends for dark colour, tannic extraction, new oak and high alcohol – all things he loathed in Pinot Noir.
In 2005 David’s son Jason took over the winery remaining entirely faithful to the Eyrie style; ethereal grace and weightless energy. Yields are low with around 10,000 cases a year and this is one of those wines, when it has gone – it’s gone!