Mud House 2014 Pinot Noir, Central Otago
Item Number: 17 81 125 14
New Zealandís Central Otago has become the most exciting new region for growing Pinot Noir and Mud House makes one of the best value Pinotís in the entire region. Grapes for this wine were sourced from Mud Houseís estate Claim 431 Vineyard in the Bendigo sub-region of Central Otago. Comprised of 10 Pinot Noir clones, spread across three different terraces, the vineyardís free draining loam soils over schist gravel make it a natural home for growing outstanding Pinot Noir. The huge day/night temperature variation, adds to the structure and concentration of the wine. The grapes were gently de-stemmed, allowing whole berries to remain intact. After a week-long cold soak, each parcel was fermented separately, with a combination of wild and cultured yeast. The batches were hand plunged to extract the vibrant color, flavor and delicate tannin structure. Lots were pressed separately to a mix of new and used French oak barrels or remained in tank. In the spring each parcel and tank was tasted and blended. 2014 was an outstanding vintage and this wine shows fragrant aromas of cherry and dried herbs complemented by scented oak and spice. Smooth on the palate with dark cherry and bramble flavors delivering a long finish with fine tannins and balanced acidity. A steal from Down Under!