Muddy Water Estate Pinot Noir 2016
Deep red cherry in colour with a dark savoury nose of ripe cherry and herbs. Palate shows considerable power and earthy character with masses of plum, dark berry and a mineral cherry edge. Robust fruit tannin provides an inner strength that is long and alluring.
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.
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.