Blue/Gold Medal at SIWC
Claim 431 Vineyard strikes gold again

The 2016 Mud House Single Vineyard Claim 431Central Otago Pinot Noir has received a Blue/Gold medal at the Sydney International Wine Competition, adding another notch to the medal belt of this much acclaimed vineyard.

This vineyard has been featuring amongst the top ranks for more some time now; the 2012 Mud House Single Vineyard Claim 431Central Otago Pinot Noir has to its name five gold medals domestically and internationally, two trophies from the International Wine Challenge, and was awarded the prestigous Drinks Businss Global Master Pinot Noir in 2015.

The 2013 vintage followed suit with two domestic gold medals to its name.

This vineyard’s name, Claim 431, is a nod to its gold rush history of the 1860’s. Nestled in part of the former iconic Bendigo Station in Central Otago, its site lends to long hot growing seasons and very cool winters, all attributing to beautifully flavoured Pinot Noir grapes, wrapped in bright pure red and producing dark aromas.

With eleven clones of Pinot Noir spread over three different land elevations of Claim 431Vineyard, Mud House winemaker Cleighten Cornelius said every year a group of clones shine.

This year it was clones 777 and 115, expressing dark cherry and berry, bramble and floral aromas, silky tannins and juicy acidity.

“The wines are stylish with great fruit flavours, long even palates and ripe skins and seeds,” he said, which created finesse, elegance, and power.

Claim 431 Vineyard Manager Tom Bullen said there was warm settled weather during flowering, ensuring a well-balanced crop.

“This allowed for a steady ripening period leading into harvest. The fruit showed some lovely bunch lignification (woodiness) for whole bunch picking.”

The Mud House Single Vineyard range is Mud House Wines’ premium range which aims to be a reflection of both the vintage and the vineyard site.

The 39th annual 2019 Sydney International Wine Competition (SIWC) attracted 1700 entries, which were then narrowed down to 350 wines. Just 10% of those wines make the cut as Blue/Gold recipients.  The SIWC is unique in its format by asking judges to taste the wine alongside a food pairing, which is also a wonderful connection for the wine loving public.

This year’s food match with the Pinot Noir was Venison Loin with shallots and mushrooms by chef Marcel Kustos.

Chair of Judges Warren Gibson was very complimentary about this Pinot Noir.

“Lifted and pure. Complex nose with lots going on. Very complex palate with long lingering flavours. Rich and full. A very good match with the dish” and Corey Ryan, a second term panelist said “This dish lifts the pepper and venison earthy attributes. A great match.”

With such an outstanding pedigree, this will be a wine to watch.


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