This wine was sourced from the Woolshed Block of the Mud House Woolshed Vineyard in Marlborough's upper Wairau Valley. The sheltered site is...
2010 Mud House Single Vineyard Caseys Road Marlborough Pinot Noir
The hand harvested grapes were destemed (but not crushed) in small open top fermenters. The must was then kept cold for a 7 day cold soak to extract softer tannins. The grapes were then allowed to warm and fermentation began naturally, uninocculated. The must was hand plunged up to 4 times a day and then pressed off the skins once dry, and when the tannin structure was complete. After a short settling, the wine was run into 1 year old French barrels and underwent spring malolactic fermentation. After 10 months in oak the wine was racked from barrel and prepared for bottling.
Red currant and plum aromas with spice box and earthy notes in the background.
An elegantly structured pinot noir with weighty fruit and fine powdered tannins.
Best served at a cool, but not cold temperature.
Drinking beautifully as a young wine but will reward you with up to 5 years cellaring.
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The wine was sourced from the Hard Case Vineyard on Caseys Road in the Blind River subregion of the Awatere Valley in Marlborough. The vineyard has earned its name due to the shallow, light soil which, although a challenge, results in elegant, inviting Pinot Noir.
The 2010 Marlborough growing season started with cool but stable weather through flowering. As a result the vines gave us an even fruit set but with naturally lower yields. The cool weather continued into autumn. This colder than usual start to the season extended the ripening period, which is perfect for intensifying flavours and concentrating aromatics. A later burst of warm and settled weather meant we reached maximum sugar ripeness without any problems or disease pressure. In the winery things were as calm as the weather – the fruit quality was excellent, the flavours and concentration were outstanding and the winery team was smiling. A dream harvest.
100% Pinot Noir.
The wine was matured for 10 months in 1 year old French barriques.
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