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Mud House 2018 Marlborough, ‘Grovetown’ and Waipara ‘Home Block’ Pinot Gris

10 October,2018

Mud House has access to fruit from different regions of the country, and it is fascinating to look at a single variety from different origins. Mud House winemaker Cleighten Cornelius bottles not only the variety, but also its provenance. There is also a truism that the more specific the origin of the fruit, the more character and expression of terroir is expressed. Mud House bottles three different Pinot Gris wines. The ‘Marlborough’ which comes from fruit from long-established contract growers in the Wairau Valley; the ‘Sub Region Series’ ‘Grovetown’; and the single vineyard ‘Home Block’ vineyard in the Waipara Valley. Here, I review all three Pinot Gris, from the 2018 vintage. www.mudhouse.co.nz

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Mud House Marlborough Pinot Gris 2018

Pinot Gris from New Zealand – Marlborough

17.5/20

Bright straw-yellow colour with pale golden hues and some depth, a little lighter on the rim. The nose is fresh, full and broad with aromas of white and yellow stonefruits along with subtle notes of nuts and chalky minerals. Suggestions of honeysuckle unfold in the glass. Medium-dry to taste and medium-bodied, the palate is softly packed with sweetly rich and rounded flavours of ripe yellow stonefruits melded with honeysuckle notes and floral elements, with some thirst-quenching minerals. This has good palate presence and the fruit forms a weighty core. The wine flows smoothly along a fine-textured, soft line with an edge of acid freshness, leading to a light, lingering finish. This is a full, soft and broad medium-dry Pinot Gris with good palate richness and weight, showing stonefruits and honeysuckle. Match with Asian and Middle Eastern fare over the next 2-3 years. Fruit from contract growers in the Wairau Valley, fermented in stainless-steel with a portion in seasoned French oak barriques to 13.5% alc. and 8.0 g/L RS. 17.5/20 Oct 2018 RRP $14.99

Mud House ‘Sub Region Series’ ‘Grovetown’ Marlborough Pinot Gris 2018

Pinot Gris from New Zealand – Marlborough

18.5/20

Bright, straw-yellow colour with light golden hues and some depth, paler edged. The nose is fresh and elegantly proportioned with good intensity of tightly bound aromas of white and yellow stonefruits along with subtle notes of exotic florals, pears and honeysuckle, unfolding subtle nutty and mineral nuances. This has clarity and depth. Medium-dry to taste and medium-bodied, the palate is elegant and fresh in expression with vibrant and aromatic fruit flavours of white and yellow stonefruits with exotic florals and hints of pears with honeysuckle. The mouthfeel is bright with fresh acidity and the wine has fine linearity, leading to an elegant, sustained finish. This is an elegant, vibrant and refreshing medium-dry Pinot Gris with exotic stonefruit, floral, pear and honied flavours and a fine linearity. Serve with Thai, Vietnamese and Japanese cuisine over the next 3 years. Fruit from the Grovetown district, Marlborough, fermented in stainless-steel with a portion in seasoned French oak barriques to 13.0% alc. and 8.0 g/L RS, the wine aged on light lees. 1,150 dozen made. 18.5/20 Oct 2018 RRP $19.99

Mud House ‘Single Vineyard’ ‘Home Block’ Waipara Valley Pinot Gris 2018

Pinot Gris from New Zealand – Canterbury & Waipara

18.5-/20

Bright, light straw-yellow colour with slight green hues, very pale on the rim. The nose is elegant and finely expressed with taut and concentrated aromas of white stonefruits entwined with mouthwatering mineral elements, unfolding some exotic floral, pear and has a rounded but concentrated core with rich layers of flavour detail, showing white stonefruits, a little honeysuckle and white florals, unfolding pear and mineral suggestions. The mouthfeel is soft, but the core is firm and drives the wine with good linearity. The acidity is soft and balanced, and the wine carries to a lingering, nuanced finish. This is an elegantly concentrated dryish Pinot Gris with rounded mouthfeel and white stonefruit, floral and honeysuckle detail on a linear palate. Serve with poultry, pork and veal over the next 3+ years. Hand-picked fruit from the ‘Home Block’ vineyard, Waipara, vines planted 2002, fermented in stainless-steel with a portion in seasoned French oak barriques to 14.0% alc. and 6.5 g/L RS, , the wine aged on gross lees. 18.5-/20 Oct 2018 RRP $22.99

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