Mud House 2013 ‘Estate’ Waipara Pinot Gris and Riesling

07-May-2014
In November last year, it was announced that the Mud House wine brands had been sold to Accolade and the vineyards sold separately to CK Life Sciences. However, the paths of fruit supply remain the same, with the Mud House wines being made from the same vineyards under contract, the lease to run for 20 years. The viticultural and winemaking teams are in place without alteration. In essence, nothing has changed as far as the final consumer is concerned.

Mud House has its origins in the Waipara Valley, and in a district notable for its aromatic wines, the Mud House bottlings of Pinot Gris and Riesling can be counted among the best, a reflection of the quality of the fruit from the vineyards. The vineyards are under the care of Jean-Luc Dufour. The oldest is ‘The Home Block’, vines first planted in 1994, its 50 ha situated behind the winery on S.H. 1. ‘The Mound’ vineyard is further up and over the road from the winery on Georges Road. First planted in 2002, it measures 93 ha. Further up Georges Road and on river terraces is ‘The Deans’ vineyard, first planted in 2001 and now measuring 76 ha. All three are based on gravelly loams over alluvial subsoil. Winemakers Ben Glover and Nadine Worley have overseen the production of the ‘Estate’ tier ‘Home Block’ Pinot Gris and ‘The Mound’ Riesling from the 2013 vintage, which I review here. www.mudhouse.co.nz

FEATURED WINES IN THIS REVIEW

  • Mud House ‘Estate’ ‘Home Block’ Waipara Valley Pinot Gris 2013
  • Mud House ‘Estate’ ‘Mound’ Waipara Valley Riesling 2013

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