Mud House Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2013
At the start of November it was announced that Mud House had agreed to sell its wine brands of Mud House, Waipara Hills, Dusky Sounds, Haymaker and Skyleaf to the Australian giant Accolade. The company’s 400 ha of vineyards were sold to CK Life Sciences, based in Hong Kong. In the deals, all of the staff associated with the Accolade purchase would retain their positions, and Accolade would lease the vineyards from CK Life Sciences. So in many respects, at present at least, things remain the same in the production of the wines, and consumers will see very little change in what’s in the bottle.
And that’s a good thing too, as the wines under the Mud House label have been showing extremely well. The all-important Mud House Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc remains a classic style, showcasing the thiol-based passionfruit aromas and flavours. Winemaker Nadine Worley is extremely pleased with the latest 2013 release, seeing it as an expression of "an exceptional vintage” and has given praise to the work of the viticultural team who looked after the fruit from the ‘Woolshed’ vineyard in the upper Wairau Valley where most of the fruit came from, as well as the other vineyard sources. As I write this (and after I have tasted the wine, of course), the news that the 2013 Mud House Sauvignon Blanc has topped the latest Cuisine magazine results have come to my attention. I’m glad we’re on the same page! www.mudhouse.co.nz
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Mud House Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2013Sauvignon Blanc from New Zealand - MarlboroughReview Date : 11-Dec-2013Bright, very pale straw colour with some green hues, very pale on edge. The bouquet is very elegant and refined with subtle and understated aromas of ripe passionfruit and fresh herb and mineral nuances that are detailed and intricate, and build in intensity. Dry to taste and tightly bound, this is elegantly proportioned with striking linearity with its finesse. Harmoniously intermixed and concentrated flavours of pungent passionfruit, tropical fruits flint and minerals flow smoothly and with drive, lifted by acid tension. The palate carries through to a gently luscious, lively and fine-textured finish with lingering passionfruit nuances. This is an elegant, refined and detailed Sauvignon Blanc with fresh, pungent tropical fruit characters. Serve with seafood and Mediterranean salads and vegetables over the next 2+ years. Over 50% of the fruit was sourced from the ‘Woolshed’ vineyard in the upper Wairau, the remainder from contracted parcels in the Wairau, Ure and Awatere valleys, cool-fermented in stainless-steel to 13.1% alc and 2.7 g/L RS. 18.5/20 Dec 2013 RRP $21.99