Mudbrick 2013 Reserve Whites, Reds and ‘Velvet’

22-Aug-2014
The Mudbrick Vineyard and Restaurant at Oneroa, Waiheke Island, was established by Nick and Robyn Jones in 1992 when they bought the property on Church Bay Road and planted vines. Growing the vineyard and building their barn-house-winery from mud bricks (hence the name), they had their first vintage in 1996 and set up a café. Nowadays, Mudbrick is one of the most popular wine destinations on Waiheke Island with its restaurant, cellar door and gardens.

Mudbrick owns two vineyards on Waiheke Island, the home ‘Mudbrick Vineyard’ is 3 ha with Chardonnay, Malbec, Merlot and Syrah. Viognier was just pulled out and Pinot Gris recently planted with its first crop next year. The vine age is 15-20 y.o. The sloping north-facing vineyard has topsoil over clay over bedrock. The ‘Shepherds Point’ site at Onetangi, is 3.5 ha with Chardonnay, Viognier, Merlot, Malbec Cabernet Sauvignon and Syrah planted, the vines 14-16 y.o., planted in four blocks with different aspects. Here, it is topsoil over clay.

Mudbrick also sources Waiheke Island fruit from the 0.6 ha ‘Hawkes Crest’ vineyard, managed by them, and the ‘Browns’ vineyard which is tended by Cable Bay. The Waiheke Island production is small, this year processing 36 tonnes, and the output varies between 1,400 – 2,200 cases annually. Other varieties are sourced from different regions, the wine made in those districts to supplement the Waiheke Island fruit and wine styles made there, approximately doubling the amount of wine available.

The winemaker since 2011 is Patrick Newton, from the family who owns the eponymous vineyard in the Gimblett Gravels, and the vineyard manager is Nick Otto, who came from a viticultural role in Hawke’s Bay, both men having extensive experience in New Zealand and overseas. Here, I review a selection of 2013 wines, the ‘Reserve’ Viognier and Chardonnay whites, the ‘Reserve’ Tempranillo, Merlot/Cabernet and Syrah, and the secret blend ‘Velvet’ red. www.mudbrick.co.nz

FEATURED WINES IN THIS REVIEW

  • Mudbrick ‘Reserve’ Waiheke Island Viognier 2013
  • Mudbrick ‘Reserve’ Waiheke Island Chardonnay 2013
  • Mudbrick ‘Reserve’ Waiheke Island Tempranillo 2013
  • Mudbrick ‘Reserve’ Waiheke Island Merlot/Cabernet 2013
  • Mudbrick ‘Reserve’ Waiheke Island Syrah 2013
  • Mudbrick ‘Velvet’ Waiheke Island 2013

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