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Mud House ‘Claim 431’ Central Otago Pinot Noir 2015

21 April,2017
The ‘Claim 431’ Bendigo Pinot Noirs of Mud House have proven to be a very successful wine in judgings and wine competitions. The success of the wine can be attributed to the special nature and quality of the fruit from the ‘Claim 431’ vineyard which was planted in 2003 by company viticulturist Duncan Cramp. The vineyard on Loop Road now covers 81 ha, and has 11 clones of Pinot Noir planted over three terraces in soils which are rich in minerals, comprising free-draining loam over schist gravel. The diverse nature of the vineyard allows it to perform well in almost every vintage. In 2015, a dry season, the clones 777, 667 and 115 were very successful. Here, I review the 2015 ‘Claim 431’ Pinot Noir, dedicated to Stewart Bolder for his 10 years of dedicated work at the site.


Mud House ‘Single Vineyard’ ‘Claim 431’ Central Otago Pinot Noir 2015

Pinot Noir from New Zealand – Otago

Even, dark ruby-red colour with some youthful purple hues, lighter on the rim. This has a full and voluminous nose of richly ripe, primary, dark raspberry fruit aromas along with bright, lifted dark-red and violet floral, unfolding a subtle layer of thyme herbs. The aromatics build gently to form well-packed core. Medium-full bodied, the palate is vibrant and rich with juicy flavours of ripe, dark raspberry fruit entwined with dark-red and black cherries, along with notes of dark herbs and spices, lifted by dark-red florals. The sweet fruit is underlined by supple, fine-grained tannins and the wine flows along a smooth line with integrated acidity, leading to a finely concentrated, lingering finish. This is a vibrantly rich and succulent Pinot Noir with aromatic flavours of dark raspberries, herbs and spices on a smooth-flowing, supple palate. Match with duck, pork, lamb and beef dishes over the next 6+ years. Clones 777, 115, 667, 5 and Abel from the ‘Claim 431’ vineyard, the fruit hand-picked and destemmed, and fermented to 14.0% alc., the wine aged 12 months in 25% new French oak. 2,000 dozen made. 18.5+/20 Apr 2017 RRP $32.99
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