Mud House have expanded their international wine offerings by producing kosher wine for the first time. The first batch of Mud House kosher Sauvignon Blanc was produced in Blenheim under the watchful eye of Rabbi Yedidya Krauthammer and is now available in Israel. Some 15,000 dozen bottles of kosher Sauvignon Blanc were produced.
Cleighten Cornelius, Mud House winemaker said: “To make our kosher Sauvignon Blanc, we selected grapes from our Woolshed Vineyard – we knew they would deliver a great flavour profile. The location of the vineyard also worked well with the logistics of kosher winemaking – which involves Rabbi Krauthammer’s supervision and presence throughout the vinification process, from the time the grapes arrive at the winery, crushing, fermentation, fining and then bottling. “
Kosher wine is made in precisely the same way as ‘regular’ wine. The only difference is that there is rabbinical oversight during the process and that the wine is handled throughout “by Sabbath-observant Jews”. As well as Rabbi Krauthammer’s presence and involvement in all of the winemaking milestones, additional ingredients used, including yeasts and fining agents, must be kosher also.
Kosher Certification is the stamp of kosher approval by a rabbinic agency verifying they have checked the products’ ingredients, production facility and actual production to ensure all ingredients, derivatives, tools and machinery have no trace of non kosher substances. Rabbi Krauthammer, who lives in Sydney but is originally from Israel, is one of the most experienced Kashrut (Jewish religious dietary laws) experts worldwide.
The wine itself benefitted from a great growing season – it was a warm year in Marlborough, good flowering and growing conditions. Come harvest time, the fruit was exceptionally healthy, with great flavour which made a ‘very exciting wine’ that is typically Marlborough in its style – slightly dry with a citrus and sweet herb dominated bouquet, complemented by grapefruit-like acidity and a lingering finish.
“This was the first time I have ever been part of a Kosher winemaking process. Despite all of the planning we did, it was difficult to know how the process would flow – but it went really well. The Rabbi had some long days, along with the winery crew, but they did everything with a smile. It all went smoothly and the end result is a great Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc that is a credit to all involved and a pleasure to drink,” said Cleighten.
Kosher Sauvignon Blanc Tasting Note