Mud House ‘Claim 431’ Central Otago Pinot Noir 2013

03-Nov-2014
The Loop Road, Bendigo sited ‘Claim 431’ vineyard in Central Otago has proven to be a wonderful asset for Mud House, the wines winning an increasing number of top awards as the vines grow in maturity. The first vines were planted in 2003, producing a crop in 2006, and the plantings were added to in 2008. Only Pinot Noir is grown in the ‘Molyneux’ soils, which is free-draining sandy loam over schist alluvium gravel, with clones 777, 667, 115, 5, 114, Abel, 10/5, 13, 113 and 6 providing diverse material. Tom Bullen from Victoria, Australia has just taken over the stewardship of the 81 ha vineyard from Duncan Cramp, the original vineyard manager. Here, I review the 2013 release of the Mud House ‘Claim 431’ Pinot Noir, which follows in the footsteps of the very successful 2012 vintage. The wine is now labelled a ‘Single Vineyard’ wine, Mud House changing the previous ‘Estate’ range to this moniker. The wine was made by Nadine Worley. www.mudhouse.co.nz

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