Maude Wines 2012 Chardonnay and 2011 Pinot Noirs

17-May-2013
The burgundian varieties make a pairing with expectations where ever they are transported around the world, as Chardonnay and Pinot Noir are successful together in the Cote d’Or. However they do not necessarily thrive together, but that does not deter growers trying. Though Riesling is a proven performer for Maude in Wanaka, it is Chardonnay that is released simultaneously with Pinot Noir by Sarah-Kate and Dan Dineen at Maude. The techniques used to make the Maude Chardonnays and Pinot Noirs are strictly burgundian and the wines count among the most interesting from Central Otago. Pride of place goes to the ‘Mt Maude Reserve’ wines that are made from fruit from Sarah-Kate’s family’s 4 ha vineyard at Maungawera Valley, Wanaka. Here are my reviews of the Chardonnay from the 2012 vintage, and the two Pinot Noirs from 2011. All of the wines show layers of interest and built-in complexity. www.maudewines.com

FEATURED WINES IN THIS REVIEW

  • Maude ‘Mt Maude Vineyard’ Central Otago ‘Reserve’ Chardonnay 2012
  • Maude Central Otago Pinot Noir 2011
  • Maude ‘Mt Maude Vineyard’ Central Otago ‘Reserve’ Pinot Noir 2011

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