Mud House Central Otago Pinot Noir 2013
It began as an adventure. The Mud House founders were a courageous couple who set sail to travel the world, only to arrive in Marlborough and fall in love with the place. After preparing the land and planting vines, they used the local earth to build their home - a mud house. That home became the brand.
Twenty years on, Mud House remains as in touch with the land as the name suggests.
The soils and climate on New Zealand’s rugged and breathtakingly beautiful South Island give Mud House wines their iconic New World intensity. The winemakers nurture those expressive flavors with skill and patience, taking the time to craft wines they are proud of.
Mud House makes consistently beautiful, sustainably-produced, award-winning wines for people who are curious about new experiences and who embrace fresh ideas. Celebrate your taste for adventure.
Home to the globe’s most southerly vineyards, which are cultivated below the 45th parallel, Central Otago is a true one-of-a-kind wine growing region, but not only because of its extreme location.
Central Otago is more dependent on one single variety than any other region in New Zealand—and it isn’t Sauvignon blanc. They don’t even make Sauvignon blanc there.
Pinot Noir claims nearly 75% of the region’s vineyards with Pinot Gris coming in a far second place and Riesling behind it. This is also New Zealand’s only wine region with a continental climate, giving it more diurnal and seasonal temperature shifts than any other.
The subregion of Bannockburn has enjoyed the most success historically but the area’s exceptional growth has moved to the promising regions of Cromwell/Bendigo and Alexandra districts. Central Otago is known for its fruity and full-bodied Pinot noir. With the freedom to experiment here, growers and winemakers are easily exhibiting the area’s great potential.
Thin-skinned, finicky and temperamental, Pinot Noir is also one of the most rewarding grapes to grow and remains a labor of love for some of the greatest vignerons in Burgundy. Fairly adaptable but highly reflective of the environment in which it is grown, Pinot Noir prefers a cool climate and requires low yields to achieve high quality. Outside of France, outstanding examples come from in Oregon, California and throughout specific locations in wine-producing world. Somm Secret—André Tchelistcheff, California’s most influential post-Prohibition winemaker decidedly stayed away from the grape, claiming “God made Cabernet. The Devil made Pinot Noir.”