Mud House’s Gold-Medal 2012 Central Otago Pinot Noirs

11-Oct-2013
The ‘Claim 431’ Bendigo vineyard of Mud House is proving to be the source of outstanding fruit for Pinot Noir. First planted in 2003, wines from the very first crop have been winning top awards both domestically and overseas. Originally known as the ‘Golden Terraces’, the 81 ha are on Loop Road. Vineyard manager Duncan Cramp established 61 ha in 2003, followed by another 20 ha in 2008. A variety of clones have been employed: 777, 667, 115, 5 , 114, Abel, 10/5, 13, 113 and 6. The soils, rich in minerals, are free-draining loam over schist gravel. As with the other sites in the Bendigo district, it experiences a large diurnal temperature range, this being a factor in the intensity of the fruit.

Two Mud House Pinot Noirs made by Nadine Worley from fruit from the ‘Claim 431’ vineyard were very successful at the recent 2013 N.Z. International Wine Show. The Central Otago Pinot Noir 2012 and ‘Estate’ tier ‘Claim 431’ Central Otago Pinot Noir 2012 both took gold medals, with the former wine taking the trophy for the best Commercial Red Wine. This wine has already won a trophy and three golds at other wine competitions this year. Here, I review the two 2012 Mud House Pinot Noirs from the ‘Claim 431’ vineyard. www.mudhouse.co.nz

FEATURED WINES IN THIS REVIEW

  • Mud House Central Otago Pinot Noir 2012
  • Mud House ‘Claim 431’ ‘Estate’ Central Otago Pinot Noir 2012

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