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Mudbrick 2017 ‘Reserve’ Viognier, Chardonnay and Noble Riesling

05 July,2018

Mudbrick Vineyard and Restaurant is one of the best-know attractions on Waiheke Island. Nick and Robyn Jones established it in 1992 and developed it to its potential since, and still remain owners of it. Owning vineyards on the island to make the premium wines, the company supplements this fruit from throughout the country to make a full range of quality bottlings. Pat Newton has been the winemaker since 2011, and with vineyard manager Nick Otto, have progressively raised the bar with the wines, such that that can figure among the best seen on Waiheke Island. The past few vintages have been challenging on the island, but as always, excellent quality wine can be made, though usually in reduced volumes. Cooler growing temperatures and rainfall, especially at the end of the season were problematical. Patrick notes that the whites were harvested before the autumn rains set in, but the fruit was physiologically ripe with low brix. He has been able to craft a number of wines at the ‘Reserve’ level, and higher. Here, I review the 2017 ‘Reserve’ Viognier, Chardonnay and Noble Riesling, the latter wine from Marlborough fruit, made at a contract facility in the region to preclude transporting the fruit. www.mudbrick.co.nz


Mudbrick ‘Reserve’ Waiheke Island Viognier 2017

Viognier from New Zealand – Northland & Auckland


Bright, light golden-yellow colour with some depth, a little lighter on the rim. The nose is full and voluminous with well-packed and dense aromas of ripe apricots, stonefruit kernels and tropical fruit. This has excellent depth and unfolds subtle nutty and creamy oak elements. Dry to taste and full-bodied, the palate has a rich and deeply concentrated, rounded and opulent heart packed with layers of apricots, stonefruits and tropical fruits melded with creamy barrel-ferment and nutty oak, unveiling a suggestion of flint and minerals. The fruit is underlined by considerable, but balanced alcoholic drive and power, with soft, lacy acidity lending energy. This carries to a rich, lingering finish. This is a richly concentrated, opulent Viognier with ripe apricot, stonefruit and tropical fruit flavours with nutty oak and a powerful palate. Match with Middle Eastern and Asian cuisine over the next 4 years. 100% Viognier from the ‘Shepherds Point’ vineyard, WBP and fully indigenous yeast barrel-fermented to 14.5% alc. and 0.28 g/L RS, the wine aged 8 months in 50% new French oak with 100% MLF. 54 cases made. 19.0/20 Jul 2018 RRP $59.00

Mudbrick ‘Reserve’ Waiheke Island Chardonnay 2017

Chardonnay from New Zealand – Northland & Auckland


Bright, light straw-yellow colour with pale golden hues. The nose is elegant in proportion with intense and finely concentrated aromas of ripe yellow stonefruits with citrus fruit and tropical fruit elements, entwined with creamy barrel-ferment, and nutty, toasty oak, unveiling suggestions of flint and butter. Medium-bodied, the palate is well-concentrated with bright and vibrant flavours of citrus fruits, yellow stonefruits and tropical fruits complexed by creamy barrel-ferment, and nutty, toasty oak. The fruit has vitality and is enlivened by fresh, lacy acidity. The wine carries along a fine, positive line unfolding hints of flint, toast and butter as it leads to a long, sustained finish. This is a well-concentrated, vibrant Chardonnay with citrus and stonefruit flavours along with complex barrel-ferment and nutty, toasty oak, on a bright, energetic palate with excellent length. Match with roasted pork over the next 4-5 years. Fruit from the ‘Shepherds Point, ‘Hawkes Crest’ and ‘Mudbrick’ vineyards, WBP direct to barrel and fully indigenous yeast barrel-fermented to 13.0% alc., the wine aged 9 months in 30% new French oak with batonnage and 100% MLF. 459 cases made. 19.0-/20 Jul 2018 RRP $59.00

Mudbrick ‘Reserve’ Marlborough Noble Riesling 2017

Sweet Wine from New Zealand – Marlborough


Bright, light golden-yellow colour with some depth, a little lighter on the rim. The nose is full with well-concentrated, decadent aromas of honey and nectar, lime and orange marmalade, with musk and hints of crystallised fruits, unveiling subtle floral and citrus fruit notes with aeration. Very sweet to taste and light-bodied, the palate is rich and opulent, with plush and luscious flavours of tropical fruits, honey, marmalade and musk, forming a rounded, but dense core. This has excellent drive and linearity, and flows on an unctuous mouthfeel with soft acidity enhancing the tension and drive. The wine carries to a very long, lingering finish of marmalade, honey and musk. This is a rich, opulent and unctuous botrytised Riesling with honey, marmalade, nectar and musk flavours with excellent drive. Serve with fruit desserts, crème caramel and crème brulee over the next 4+ years. Marlborough Riesling with approx. 75% botrytis infection, fermented in stainless-steel to 11.0% alc. and 173 g/L RS, TA 9.1 g/L and pH 3.36. (375 ml) 664 cases made. 19.0-/20 Jul 2018 RRP $49.00

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