The Shout Magazine (New Zealand)

Mud House releases new single vineyard Pinot Noir

Mud House has announced the release of its 2015 Mud House Single Vineyard Claim 431Central Otago Pinot Noir.

The vineyard in Central Otago’s Bendigo consistently produces quality Pinot Noir, and is no stranger to gracing awards lists.

This particular vintage has already received 4.5 stars and Best Buy in the most recent Cuisine Magazine tasting panel, Blue/Gold at the 2016 Sydney International Wine Competition, Silver at the 2016 New Zealand International Wine Show, and Silver at the 2016 Royal Easter Show.

The soils of Bendigo, which have been formed by glaciers grinding up the schist rocks to smaller gravels and finer particles, are free draining and rich in minerals.

Mud House winemaker Cleighten Cornelius said the hot dry summers and cool nights of Bendigo work brilliantly together to create fruit wealthy in texture, acidity and vitality.

“The long growing season and summer heat deliver beautiful flavours wrapped in bright pure red and dark fruit aromas,” says Cleighton.

Sitting at a slightly higher altitude of 250m, and sheltered from some of the harsh Central Otago climatic conditions, the micro climate of the Claim 431 Vineyard means it ripens slightly earlier than its neighbouring Bendigo vineyards.

The ruby coloured 2015 Mud House Single Vineyard Claim 431 Central Otago Pinot Noir boasts a nose of freshly crushed wild berries, dark plums and a brooding spice. This is backed up with the classic Bendigo acidity that carries all the way through to a succulent finish.