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2011

Waipara Hills Equinox Waipara Valley Pinot Noir 2011

$0.00

Hand picked, this is a structured rich and elegant Pinot Noir with dark cherry, chocolate, spice and smoky oak aromas. Smooth dark fruit on the palate finishes with freshness and a lovely full tannin structure. We made a smaller amount of wine this year to focus on the style. This will be a great wine to follow as it ages and develops, having the structure and elegance to open and evolve with careful cellaring. This wine is dedicated to Ben Roiri who has been working with the great people, vines and land at our Home Block in Waipara Valley since 2000. Cheers!

Tasting Notes
Colour: 
Garnet red.
Nose: 
Dark cherries and chocolate with five spice and a touch of smoky oak aromas.
Palate: 
Rich, dark fruit flavours stay through to the finish. This is backed up with a lovely complete tannin structure that keeps the wine tight and fresh.
Serve: 
Room temperature in a large, generous glass.
Peak Drinking: 
Cellaring 10 years +
Suggested Food Match: 
Beautiful with lamb, duck or roasted red meats.
Wine Analysis
Alc Vol: 
13.5%
Acidity: 
5.97 g/L
Residual Sugar: 
0.4 g/L
Wine Background
Vineyard Region: 
59% The Mound Vineyard, 41% The Home Block Vineyard.
Vintage Conditions: 
The bud break this year was late September early October followed by a settled and warm spring withouth any frost set backs. The plants enjoyed good growth. We went into an early flower set, the earliest on our records and also one of the best. The summer and ripening season were dry and cool. Through the growing season we had 230mm of rain, the hottest month being December with an average temperature of 18 degrees Celsius.
Grape Variety: 
100% Pinot Noir
Maturation: 
The handpicked fruit was fully de-stemmed for a 7 day cold soak, then warmed and wild fermented for 7 days. The wine was then left on skins for 3 weeks before draining and pressing. After settling the wine was transferred to barrel, where it remained until Spring for MLF. After blending the wine spent a further 6 months in barrel before settling in tank for another four months before bottling. 100% barrel matured, 30% new.

Mud House Estate 'The Mound' Waipara Riesling 2011

$0.00

This single vineyard wine is soley sourced from the Mud House Mound Vineyard. The Waipara Valley's gravelly soils and long autumn create the perfect sense for growing great Riesling.

Tasting Notes
Colour: 
Pale straw
Nose: 
Enticing notes of limes, elderflower and nectarine
Palate: 
The front palate shows bright citrus notes which give way to plump flavours of nectarine and honey. The touch of minerality on the finish ties together the lime juice acidity and slight sweetness.
Serve: 
Chilled
Peak Drinking: 
Drinking wonderfully now but will develop nicely for 3-5 years
Suggested Food Match: 
Seared Tuna and crispy noodle salad
Wine Analysis
Alc Vol: 
12.5%
Acidity: 
7.6/L
Residual Sugar: 
20g/L
Wine Background
Vineyard Region: 
This single vineyard wine is solely sourced from Mud House's Mound Vineyard in the Waipara Valley. The gravelly soils and Waipara's long slow autumn ripening period, create perfect conditions for growing riesling.
Vintage Conditions: 
The bud break this year was late September/early October and was followed by a settled and warm spring without any frost setbacks. The plants enjoyed good growth. We went into early flower set, the earliest on our records and also one of the best. The summer and ripening season were dry and cool. Through the growing season we had 230 mm of rain, the hottest month being December with an average temperature of 18 degrees.
Grape Variety: 
100% Waipara Valley Riesling
Maturation: 
100% stainless steel fermentation

Mud House Estate 'Golden Terraces' Central Otago Pinot Noir 2011

$0.00

This single vineyard wine was sourced from the very best parcels of our vineyard in Central Otago. The vineyards free draining loam soils over schist gravel makes it a natural home to grow outstanding Pinot Noir.

Tasting Notes
Colour: 
Garnet red
Nose: 
Alluring aromas of fruits of the forrest, sweet toasty oak and dried herb.
Palate: 
A wine of structure and finesse. The front palate melds together the berry fruits and oaky spice flavours while the fine acidity and lingering notes of dried herb add length and elegant structure.
Serve: 
Room temperature
Peak Drinking: 
Drinking wonderfully now but will develop nicely for 5-8 years.
Wine Analysis
Alc Vol: 
14.0%
Acidity: 
5.9g/L
Residual Sugar: 
0.6g/L
Wine Background
Vineyard Region: 
This single vineyard wine was soley sourced from our vineyard in the Bendigo sub-region of Central Otago. The vineyard's free draining loam soils over schist gravel makes it a natural home for outstanding Pinot Noir. The huge diurnal temperatures also adds structure and increases concentration.
Vintage Conditions: 
2011 was a mixed season in Central Otago. It started with an unusually warm November and December which made it feel like we were heading for an early harvest. However, a much cooler December followed which was great as it slowed the ripening. Unfortunatley the cooler unsettled weather also brought some intermittent rain which gave us higher disease pressure than usual. By harvest Mother Nature was back on our side with a clam and settled Autumn. A more challenging season but expertly managed by our vineyard team to produce wines of full flavour and structure.
Grape Variety: 
100% Central Otago Pinot Noir
Maturation: 
100% French Oak Barriques - 30% new, 12 months total in oak
Accolades
Gold - Selections Mondiales Des Vins (Canada) 2013
Silver - Decanter World Wine Awards (UK) 2013
Silver - IWSC The International Wine & Spirit Competition (UK) 2012
Bronze - Korea Wine Challenge 2013

Mud House Estate 'The Woolshed' Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2011

$0.00

This wine was sourced from the Woolshed Block of the Mud House Woolshed Vineyard in Marlborough's upper Wairau Valley. The sheltered site is nestled into the Delta Hills. The area's unique clay soil profile gives this wine its complexity and depth of character.

Tasting Notes
Colour: 
Pale straw
Nose: 
Lively aromas of passionfruit pith and nettles
Palate: 
An elegant but generous wine. The palate bursts with classic passionfruit, guava and green capsicum flavours. The finish is long with lingering fruit weight and lively acidity.
Serve: 
Chilled
Peak Drinking: 
2011-2013
Suggested Food Match: 
Thai crab and citrus salad
Wine Analysis
Alc Vol: 
13.5%
Acidity: 
7.8g/L
Residual Sugar: 
5g/L
Wine Background
Vineyard Region: 
This wine was sourced from the Woolshed Block of the Mud House Woolshed Vineyard in the upper Wairau Valley of Marlborough. THis sheltered site is nestled into the Delta Hills. The area's unique clay soil profile gives this wine its complexity and depth of character.
Vintage Conditions: 
Vintage conditions in Marlborough was blessed with another exceptional year in 2011, especially for Sauvignon Blanc. Bud Break was late September and was followed by a warm frost free spring. Adequate rainfall and warm temperatures meant the shoots grew quickly and flowering was earlier than normal. After January the season cooled which allowed for an extended ripening period.
Grape Variety: 
100% Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc
Maturation: 
100% stainless steel fermentation and maturation
Accolades
Pure Gold - Bragato Wine Awards (NZ) 2012
Gold - New World Wine Awards (NZ) 2012
Silver - Selections Mondiales Des Vins (Canada) 2013

HAY MAKER Waipara Valley Riesling 2011

$209.90

Lemon sherbet, delicate floral and honeyed spice aromas combine with a bright fruit palate of citrus and floral characters.

Tasting Notes
Colour: 
Light green hue.
Nose: 
Aromas of lemon sherbet, delicate floral with honeyed spice notes.
Palate: 
The palate shows bright fruit notes of citrus and floral which combine with the lively acidity and soft sweetness.
Serve: 
Chilled
Peak Drinking: 
Now until 2013
Suggested Food Match: 
Grilled fish with Asian spices
Wine Analysis
Alc Vol: 
12.5
Acidity: 
7.3g/L
Residual Sugar: 
15g/L
Wine Background
Vineyard Region: 
Sourced soley from The Mound Vineyard in the Waipara Valley. The vineyard has free draining soils of gravely loams over alluvial subsoil.
Vintage Conditions: 
The bud break this year was late September early Octover followed by a settled and warm spring without any frost set backs. The plants enjoyed good growth. We went into an early flower set, the earliest on our records and also one of the best. The summer and ripening season were dry and cool. Through the growing season we had 230ml of rain. The hottest month being December with an average temperature of 18 degrees.
Grape Variety: 
Riesling
Maturation: 
After harvesting the grapes were transported to the winery and crusehd with minimal skin contact to avoid juice deterioration. After cold settling, each batch was cool fermented in stainless steel using a variety of cultured yeasts to add complexity to the blend and to retain fresh fruit characteristics. The wines were blended shortly after the completion of fermentation, then carefully balanced and prepared for bottling.

Waipara Hills Central Otago Pinot Noir 2011

$0.00
Sourced from our Golden Terraces Vineyard in the Bendigo sub region of Central Otago this Pinot Noir has aromas of brambly fruits, dark cherry, five spice and a hint of smoke. Rich dark fruits on the palate are balanced nicely with firm tannins and soft acidity.
Tasting Notes
Colour: 
Ruby red.
Nose: 
Brambly fruits, dark cherry, five spice and a hint of smoke.
Palate: 
Firm yet generous, this wine has rich dark fruits balanced nicely with firm tannins and soft acidity.
Serve: 
At room temperature.<
Suggested Food Match: 
Roast Lamb.
Wine Analysis
Alc Vol: 
14.0%
Acidity: 
5.5
Residual Sugar: 
2.1g/L
Wine Background
Vineyard Region: 
Sourced from the Bendigo sub-region of Central Otago.
Vintage Conditions: 
The cooler season produced plenty of challenges for our vineyard team in Central, but produced elegant wines with fine tannins.
Grape Variety: 
100% Pinot Noir
Maturation: 
The fruit was harvested over a 2 week period, brought into the winery and gently destemmed into the fermenter to start their cold soak. Ferment was 7-10 days, then the parcels were pressed, settled and then run to tanks and barrels. Mainly tank matured. About 22% was matured in French barrels and the remainder was in stainless steel tanks for a total of 10 months.

2011 Mud House Waipara Valley Riesling

$0.00

Displaying lifted aromas of honeysuckle and citrus with a delicate floral background this is a perfectly balanced Riesling with fine minerality, structure and a touch of sweetness on the finish.

Tasting Notes
Colour: 
Straw yellow with a pale green hue.
Nose: 
Lifted notes of honeysuckle and citrus with a delicate floral background.
Palate: 
A perfectly balanced Riesling with fine minerality, structure and a touch of sweetness on the finish. The soft honey flavours meld perfectly with the fresh lemon citrus notes.
Serve: 
Chilled
Peak Drinking: 
Now - 2015
Suggested Food Match: 
Any fragrant or mildly spicy foods like a Thai salad.
Wine Analysis
Alc Vol: 
12.5 %
Acidity: 
7.7 g/L
Residual Sugar: 
10.0g/L
Wine Background
Vineyard Region: 
The Mound Vineyard, Waipara Valley, has gravelly loams of alluvial subsoil and free draining soils.
Vintage Conditions: 
Bud break was late September early October followed by a settled and warm spring without any frost set backs. The plants enjoyed good growth. We went into an early flower set, the earliest on our records and also one of the best. The summer and ripening season were dry and cool. Through the growing season we had 230mm of rain, the hottest month was December with an average temperature of 18 degrees Celsius.
Grape Variety: 
100% Riesling
Maturation: 
The grapes were picked at optimal ripeness and only the free run juice was cold settled and racked a few days later. The cool fermentation was started with cultured yeast to add just the right amount of freshness and complexity. After fermentation the wines were again cold settled and racked shortly after. The wine was prepared for bottling using natural fining methods.
Accolades
Bronze - Royal Easter Wine Show (NZ), 2012

Mud House Hawkes Bay Merlot 2011

$0.00

Ripe berry fruit aromas with a touch of spice and dark chocolate lead to a medium bodied flavoursome palate with fine tannins.

Tasting Notes
Colour: 
Deep ruby red.
Nose: 
Ripe berry fruit with a touch of spice and dark chocolate.
Palate: 
Medium bodied with flavoursome palate and fine tannins.
Serve: 
Room temperature.
Peak Drinking: 
2012-2014
Suggested Food Match: 
Venison stew.
Wine Analysis
Alc Vol: 
12.5%
Acidity: 
6.6 g/L
Residual Sugar: 
1.0 g/L
Wine Background
Vineyard Region: 
Sourced from selected Hawkes Bay vineyards situated on clay loam soils, sands and free draining gravels.
Vintage Conditions: 
The season started early with a warm dry summer helping ripen the fruit. Some unseasonal rain provided some challenges later in the season. However, the spread of our sites ensured we were able to pick ripe flavourful fruit.
Grape Variety: 
100% Merlot
Maturation: 
Once harvested, the fruit was brought into the winery where it was de-stemmed into a stainless steel fermenter. The fermentation took ten days, during which it was pumped over twice a day to help extract colour, fruit flavour and tannin. The wine then went through a full MLF in stainless steel before being fined using natural methods prior to bottling.

2011 Mud House Single Vineyard Marlborough Pinot Gris, Taggart Vineyard

$145.26

After harvesting at optimum ripeness, only the free run juice was cold settled and racked a few days later. The fermentation was started with cultured yeast to add just the right amount of freshness and complexity. After fermentation the wine was matured for 3 months on yeast lees before being cold settled and racked. The wine was perpared for bottling using natural fining methods.

 

Tasting Notes
Colour: 
Golden Yellow.
Nose: 
Generous notes of apricot and nectarine dominate the more subtle floral and marzipan aromas.
Palate: 
A perfectly weighted wine. The palate is refreshing full with spicy gingery notes on the finish.
Serve: 
Chilled.
Peak Drinking: 
Drinking beautifully now, but will cellar well for up to 3 years.
Suggested Food Match: 
White fleshed fish.
Wine Analysis
Alc Vol: 
13.5%
Acidity: 
5.5 g/L
Residual Sugar: 
6.7g/L
Wine Background
Vineyard Region: 
Taggart Vineyard is located in the Rapaura subregion of Marlborough. It is situated near the Wairau River which formed the free draining soils the vineyard is planted on. The even silt loam soils are perfect for ripe rich Pinot Gris. The leaves are removed to expose the fruit to allow for even ripening. This was achieved with true kiwi ingenuity using sheep roaming the vineyard...we like to call it sheep plucked.
Vintage Conditions: 
Marlborough was blessed with another exceptional year in 2011, especially for Pinot Gris. Bud break was late September and was followed by a warm spring without frost. Adequate rainfall and warm temperatures meant the shoots grew quickly and flowering was earlier than normal. After January the season cooled which allowed for an extended ripening period.
Grape Variety: 
100% Pinot Gris
Maturation: 
100% Stainless steel fermentation

2011 Mud House Single Vineyard Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc, Neal Vineyard

$0.00
This single vineyard wine sourced from the Neal's Swamp Road in the Dillions Point sub region is a perfect example of classic Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc. After harvesting, the grapes were transported to the winery and crushed with minimal skin contact. After cold settling, each batch was cool fermented in stainless steel tanks using a variety of cultured yeasts to add complexity and to retain fresh fruit characteristics. The wines were blended shortly after the completion of fermentation, then carefully balanced and prepared for bottling.
Tasting Notes
Colour: 
Pale Straw
Nose: 
Intense aromas of nettles, jalapeno peppers and grapefruit pith.
Palate: 
Fresh but bold flavours fill the front palate. The pure fruit sweetness combines perfectly with the ripe crisp acidity which lingers on the palate.
Serve: 
Chilled.
Peak Drinking: 
Drinking well now but will continue to develop for up to 2 years.
Suggested Food Match: 
Seafood Laksa
Wine Analysis
Alc Vol: 
13.0%
Acidity: 
7.7 g/L
Residual Sugar: 
1 g/L
Wine Background
Vineyard Region: 
The Neal vineyard is situated on Swamp road in the heart of the Dillons Point sub region in Marlborough. The sub-region is known for its rich, deep soils producing Sauvignon Blancs of intense aromatics and concentration. The young vineyard has natural vigour which helps maintain a healthy canopy throughout the growing season.
Vintage Conditions: 
Marlborough was blessed with another exceptional year in 2011- especially for Sauvignon Blanc. Bud break was late September and was followed by a warm spring without frost. Adequate rainfall and warm temperatures meant the shoots grew quickly and flowering was earlier than normal. After January the season cooled which allowed for extended ripening period.
Grape Variety: 
100% Sauvignon Blanc
Maturation: 
100% Stainless steel fermentation
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