Thistle Ridge, Muddy Water and Greystone Waipara Releases

The Greystone, Muddy Water and Thistle Ridge wines of the Thomas family figure among the most exciting in the Waipara Valley and along with the likes of Pegasus Bay are showing that the region is capable of producing world class wines. The style that emanates from these labels emphasises the beauty of the fruit, but each of the labels has their individuality. Thistle Ridge is the value label, showcasing the Waipara Valley region. Muddy Water is AsureQuality certified organic and there seems to be a degree of funkiness and complexity built into many of the wines. The Greystone wines speak of finesse and class. The differentiation of the brands will allow appeal to a wide consumer base, and this will enable a strong and diverse market to support the operation. Here, I review two wines under each brand, some already proven winners.


  • Thistle Ridge Waipara Pinot Gris 2013
  • Thistle Ridge Waipara Pinot Noir 2012
  • Muddy Water Waipara Chardonnay 2012
  • Muddy Water Waipara Pinot Noir 2012
  • Greystone ‘Sea Star’ Waipara Valley Riesling 2012
  • Greystone Waipara Valley Pinot Noir 2012

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