Black & Grey….A tale of two Pinots


So this week saw Accolade Wines buy the Mud House Wine Group in New Zealand (subject to approval), I realised that I had a couple of the wines in the tasting pile, so this seemed like a good time to get the wines tasted. Ben Glover, group winemaker at Mud House Group assures me it’s Business As Usual for Mud House should the sale get the rubber stamp. That can only be a good thing.

2012 Mud House Pinot Gris (Blenheim, NZ)

The name's Gris. Pinot Gris.

The name’s Gris. Pinot Gris.

Soft flaxen gold in the glass. Rich nose of white flowers and quince. Medium-Full palate thanks to a decent plug of alcohol, soft tropical fruits, a little bit of sweetness in the mouth-feel and “extract” across the gums. Juicy acidity but not too flabby or greasy. Dusting of spices (cinnamon remnants). Sweeter, honeyed characters come out to play after the wine has warmed a little in the glass. The pleasant lingering flavour is not unlike French aperitif bitterness. Lovely to slurp down on warm afternoon.

Alc: 13.5%

RRP: $22 (AU)

2012 Waipara Hills Pinot Noir (Waipara Valley, Canterbury, NZ)

Waipara..not to be confused with Wairarapa..

Waipara..not to be confused with Wairarapa..

Waipara Hills also under the stable of the Mud House Group (part of me keeps singing Blood Hound Gang songs when I say that out loud), these vineyards are much further south than their stablemate above. Just north of Christchurch in the Canterbury district, close by is amazing expanses of the Pacific Ocean and some bloody good seafood on the Kaikoura coast.

 Winemaker Simon McGeorge describes the 2012 vintage as “challenging”, “stressful” and “rewarding.” A blend of 3 vineyards, picked and fermented separately. The fruit cold soaked for colour and flavour extraction. New and old French oak.

Certainly a more savoury style of Pinot. The light cherry red in the glass not quite giving credence to the fuller body of the wine. Generous spice & strawberry tart nose. Oak that has yet to settle in. Savoury, darker, almost black /sour cherry spectrum. Good spice and interest for now, but worthy of a re-visit in a couple of years perhaps with some maturity under the belt.

Alc: 13%

RRP: $21.99 (AU)

Wine samples courtesy of Mud House Group (not the Blood Hound Gang) and Define Wine

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