Mud House Marlborough Pinot Gris 2014

The Pinot Gris variety and wine is still a work in progress from the perspective of consumers as well as winemakers and winegrowers. Its meteoric rise to prominence over the last decade has seen it become this country’s third most planted white variety after Sauvignon Blanc and Chardonnay, and fourth most planted overall being headed only by Pinot Noir among the reds, with nearly 2,500 ha. Growers are still finding the best sites and working on how grow the vine best, and winemakers endeavouring to make wines of character and balance that are appealing to the consumer. Consumers are still trying to understand the various styles that range from light, dry and minerally to full-bodied, rich and complex, how to identify them, and which ones they enjoy. Wine judges, sommeliers and critics (myself included) too are still developing their awareness of Pinot Gris.

Mud House is one company that seems to have got it right. The ‘regular’ label has been a consistent show winner, and the wine is a fast-selling line, showing that the viticultural and winemaking teams have got it right. Here, I review the new 2014 vintage, made under the eye of Cleighton Cornelius who employed fruit from the Wairau and Awatere Valleys.


  • Mud House Marlborough Pinot Gris 2014

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