Winemaking
Exploring the sub regions of Marlborough

It is all about focusing the lens on the nooks and crannies of Marlborough’s sub regions, soils and climates for the Mud House Sub Region Series.  Building on over 20 years of producing wine from New Zealand’s iconic Marlborough region, our winemakers select grapes from the different parts of the region, that offer a unique […]

 
Winemaking
Hanging with the grapes

Hanging with the grapes “I love the drama and the energy, plus the immense satisfaction when the grapes look phenomenal,” said Lou Nisbet, who has been in the thick of it as a vineyard worker at the Mud House Bendigo Claim 431 vineyard for a decade. She was thrilled that Mother Nature came up trumps […]

 
Winemaking
2016 Claim 431 Vineyard, Bendigo

It’s pruning time again! Once the first frosts have hit and the vines become dormant, they are pruned to maintain the shape of the plant, provide an open and balanced canopy, and to manipulate yield. The climate in Central Otago is the closest we have in New Zealand to the northern hemisphere’s continental climate. Winter temperatures […]

 
Winemaking
Tom gives us the word on netting

“Veraison started on our Bendigo Vineyard, Claim 431, in the first week of February. This means only one thing for the Vineyard Team….it’s netting time! It’s a race to the finish line between team Claim and the birds.  As these photos show, the nets are almost on all the vines in the vineyard, and they […]

 
Winemaking
Tracy Taylor visits the Woolshed

Summer has well and truly started. Temperatures are consistently in the high 20s, the nor-westerly wind is making a regular appearance and the grapevines continue their growing journey towards harvest.  Grower Viticulturalist, Tracy Taylor, explains in this video where the Abel (clone) Pinot Noir vines are at in their growing cycle. Enjoy!  

 
Winemaking
Tracy Taylor sheds light on colour changes

Veraison is the stage when grapes on bunches begin to soften and sugars start to accumulate in the grape berries.  Up till now the grapes have been building the seed inside the grape.  At veraison the grapes work on building the sweet fruity part of the berry so it will be attractive to birds, so […]

 
 
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