Muddy Water is an exciting new winery
which enjoyed its first vintage in 1996. It is positioned on the gently rolling slopes of the Waipara Valley. The climate is typified by hot dry summers and long sunny autumns leading to the production of intensely flavored ripe grapes. Several soil types are found in the area- Muddy Water has loam over calcarious clay on limestone
The hot summer of 1999 demanded careful viticulture practices to protect and nurture the fickle prince of grapes.
Three individual pickings spread over a week at varying levels of ripeness, ensured a complex flavor profile to the wine ranging from raspberry to plum. The wine was fermented in open vats and aged in French oak barriques with the use of 25% new oak. The resultant wine
is stunning with both power and finesse. The tannin structure is soft
and approachable allowing the wine to be consumed immediately yet with cellaring it is expected to produce the added complexity of the forest floor.