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Mud House Single Vineyard Marlborough Chardonnay, Hungry Hill Vineyard 2012

$199.26 GST inc.
per case of 6

(33.21 per bottle)

This single vineyard wine was sourced from Hungry Hill vineyard located in the isolated and largely undiscovered Ure Valley at the Southern edge of the Marlborough Region. After a selective hand harvest, the grapes were whole bunch pressed. The free run juice was settled in tank for 24 hours before being racked to barrel to complete fermentation. The pressings were run straight to barrel on full solids and where they started a natural fermentation. After the primary fermentation the wine underwent partial malolactic fermentation with regular lees stirring. The wine was racked from barrel after 10 months in oak and then finally prepared for bottling.

2012 Mud House Single Vineyard Marlborough Chardonnay, Hungry Hill Vineyard

TASTING NOTES

COLOUR

Straw Yellow

NOSE

White peach, citrus and sweet oak aromas, accompanied by a flinty minerality.

PALATE

A refined palate, layered with fresh stone fruit and a distinctive toasted brioche flavour. A lengthy elegant finish.

SERVE

Chilled

PEAK DRINKING

Can be cellared for up to 5 years.

SUGGESTED FOOD MATCH

Pan seared Marlborough scallops.

WINE ANALYSIS

ALCOHOL VOLUME

14.5%

ACIDITY

7.8 g/L

RESIDUAL SUGAR

0.3 g/L

WINE BACKGROUND

VINTAGE REGION

The Hungry Hill vineyard in the Ure Valley is our most southern valley in Marlborough situated 1 km from the Pacific Coast. The river gravel and lime stone chip soils are unique in Marlborough offering wines of well structured acidity, fine aromatics and minerality. The narrow valley is exposed to cooling sea breezes which moderate the summer temperatures.

VINTAGE CONDITIONS

The grape growing season in Marlborough started with a some cool and unsettled weather during flowering, resulting in low crops across all varieties. The cool weather continued through summer and by the start of April we were seriously worried about reaching the ripeness required. But Mother Nature was on our side and the weather stayed settled enough that we were able to hang out our grapes to full ripeness and flavour. The long season helped to produce some intensely flavoured aromatic whites.

GRAPE VARIETY

100% Marlborough Chardonnay.

MATURATION

10 months in 1 year old Barriques

ACCOLADES

Silver - Spiegelau International Wine Competition 2013

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