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Muddy Water Pinot Noir 2012

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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.

Region: Canterbury

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Winery: Muddy Water  
Color: Red
Varietal: Pinot Noir
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Muddy Water:
Muddy Water is the dream of owners Michael and Jane East, who purchased the property in 1993. The first wines were produced in 1997. Our winemaker, Belinda Gould, is dedicated to the production of unique, hand-crafted wines. All canopy and crop management is done by hand with meticulous attention to detail. Each vine is treated as an individual, with the resulting balance reflected in the wine... Read more
Muddy Water is the dream of owners Michael and Jane East, who purchased the property in 1993. The first wines were produced in 1997. Our winemaker, Belinda Gould, is dedicated to the production of unique, hand-crafted wines. All canopy and crop management is done by hand with meticulous attention to detail. Each vine is treated as an individual, with the resulting balance reflected in the wines. The extra vineyard work we do gives us open vines and low crop levels. This in turn means minimal use of vineyard chemicals and results in more flavour. All the grapes are hand-sorted on our conveyor/sorting table which gently elevates the whole clusters to the press or destemmer. The white wines are carefully pressed as whole clusters to give minimal skin contact and clean unoxidised juice. The reds are destemmed using gravity and fermented in small open-top fermenters, the caps are managed by hand. Because the fruit is in near-perfect condition, the juice is fermented by the native yeasts from our vineyards and almost no winemaking additives are used. Our philosophy of the wines reflecting the vineyards means that in the cellar the wines are pumped and handled as little as possible and when we can we bottle without fining or filtration. In April 2002 we joined the New Zealand Screwcap Wine Seal Initiative and bottled our 2001 Chardonnay and Laborare using screwcap seals. This has been the biggest single quality step we have ever made at Muddy Water. Read less

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.

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