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Pinot NoirMuddy Water Estate

Sleek and elegant, our Estate Pinot Noir is more about grace than power.

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The Block

Quality Pinot Noir is the product of ideal soils and aspect married with experience. Our hillside pinot block is ideally situated to catch the sun, provide natural drainage, and the air movement on the hill is free from frost. The underlying limestone bedrock on the hill restrains the aromatics of the fruit, but subtle nuances of flavour delicately reveal themselves in the final wine.

Our Estate Pinot Noir is blended from eight different vine types, most of which are grown on our hillside block on ungrafted roots. These vines are younger, newer clones than our Slowhand and Hare's Breath, although in some years we include a bit of Slowhand or Hare's Breath fruit into the blend.

  • Planted: 2000-2002
  • Planting density: 1850 vines/ha
  • Row spacing: 2m
  • Vine spacing: 1m
  • Avg yield: 1kg/vine
    (1 bottle from each vine)

The Wine

Our Estate Pinot Noir is the mainstay of our Pinot Noir range. Stylistically it's a nod towards Old Europe, with more reserve, layers and complexity than typical New Zealand pinots. A wine of delicate proportions and nuance, it's more about restraint than power. A sleek and elegant texture yields to flavours more floral and earth-driven than fruit-heavy.

We handpick small quantities of bunches early in the morning while the fruit is cold to allow for a gradual introduction to the winemaking process. Batches are allowed to warm up and begin wild fermentation naturally in small lots. We plunge entirely by hand while the batches are on skins before a gentle pressing into select French oak barrels. Bottled without fining or filtration.

Muddy Water Estate Pinot Noir 2013

Deep burgundy in colour with a complex and elegant nose.

Wood smoke, dried herb, peppercorn spice underpinned by enduring blue floral notes. The palate is rich yet restrained; focused and integrated with resolved tannins. Savoury through the mid palate leading to a long berry-laden back palate.

Cuisine Magazine
NZ Organic Wine Awards 2015
Gold medal
  • Bottled: 1 August 2014
  • TA: 5.90g/L
  • pH: 3.52
  • Alcohol: 14.0%
  • R/S: Nil
  • Cellaring: 2014 - 2020

Muddy Water Estate Pinot Noir 2012

2012 became one of more celebrated seasons after what was really a cool season.

The saving grace was the lack of rainfall through ripening, allowing the bunches to fully ripen yet show the cooler season transparently.

Our Estate Pinot Noir is attractive dark plum in colour and on the nose imbues red floral, nutmeg, and new leather flavours with aspects of plum and berry.

The palate is well structured for long-term cellaring while also unfolding beautifully in the glass with a seamless blend of ripe fruits and tannins. A wonderful match for game and dark meats.

95/100, Gourmet Traveller magazine
Recommended, Taste Magazine
  • Harvested: 20 Apr - 3 May 2012
  • Cellaring: 2017