Muddy Water

+64 3 355 5123 424 Omihi Road
North Canterbury, 0000
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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 Read more »

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  • Pinotage

    History of the grape: In 1925, Stellenbosch University Chief Horticulture Professor Abraham Izak Perold created the P...

  • Chardonnay

    British wine writer and critic, Jancis Robinson, once noted that throughout the 80’s and 90’s in the United States, C...

  • Syrah

    The irony here is that Syrah’s origins could give Carmen Sandiego a run for her international wallet. Syrah’s deepest...

  • Sauvignon Blanc

    Sauvignon Blanc is widely grown in California -- at over 15,000 acres, it’s now the third most planted variety -- and...

  • Pinot Noir

    “With so voluptuous a perfume, so sweet an edge, they make the blood run hot,” Joel Fleischman, wine columnist at Van...

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  • The New York Review of Books is not the first place most of us turn (or even the third or tenth) for wine talk, so, as a subscriber, I thought I'd bring attention to this terrific review of Neurogastronomy, a new book by Gordon Shepherd--who is not a wine reviewer with a blog to promote but a neuroscientist.  Although the review title is a bit m... Read More

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  • Muddy Water Pinot Noir Waipara 2010

    Snoothrank:

    A bit of bay, vanilla, and dense black currant fruit. Light, fresh, easy and pure light red currant and light raspberry fruit. Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • Muddy Water Hare's Breath Pinot Noir Waipara 2009

    Snoothrank:

    Floral, lightly stemmy, cocoa soil tones, wild berry fruit, ripe, black cherry, nicely balanced, bright, super tannins on fini, nice length, very complete. Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • Muddy Water Hare's Breath Pinot Noir Waipara 2009

    Snoothrank:

    Floral, lightly stemmy, cocoa soil tones, wild berry fruit, ripe, black cherry, nicely balanced, bright, super tannins on fini, nice length, very complete. Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • You’ve probably tried a few New Zealand Sauvignon Blancs and maybe even ... the soft fruit. 91pts2009 Muddy Water ChardonnayWith a big nose of smoke, almonds, spicy floral tones and dried fruit, this is a bit of an attention grabber. Very bright and rather vibrant and rich on the palate with nice depth. This is quite Burgundian with a nice bal... Read More

    From the article New Zealand Chardonnay


  • Muddy Water Chardonnay Waipara 2009

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    With a big nose of smoke, almonds, spicy floral tones and dried fruit, this is a bit of an attention grabber. Very bright and rather vibrant and rich on the palate with nice depth; this is quite Burgundian with a nice balance of nutty oak and fruit on the finish. The fruit transitions from orchard fruits to citrus on the palate with the finish s... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • Muddy Water Hares Breath Pinot Noir Waipara 2008

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    A nice flush of herbs greet the nose here. This is quite open and giving already, with herbal and medicinal notes adding complexity to the strawberry fruit. Bright and clear in the mouth with a lovely mineral core that lends good tension to the mouthfeel. This is well-balanced and nicely proportioned if a bit simple. 88pts Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • Muddy Water Riesling Waipara James Hardwick 2008

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    Sweet and simple on the nose, with notes of peach and lime accented by light mineral water tones. Moderately sweet in the mouth with lots of peach and apricot flavors and a hint of tangerine. The acid is up to the job of holding this together and actually offers nice tension in the mouth and on the moderately long finish. 89pts Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • New Zealand Wines tasted - November 20102008 Amisfield Pinot NoirLight and ... ... cut on the palate. 89pts2008 Muddy Water James Hardwick RieslingSweet and simple on the nose, with notes of peach and lime accented by light mineral water tones. Moderately sweet in the mouth with lots of peach and apricot flavors and a hint of tangerine. The ac... Read More

    From the article Wines from New Zealand - November 2010


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  • One of the top questions I get at Snooth is, "Where are the values?" It’s not surprising that folks are looking for deals, and they usually are interested in their favorite wines, so it’s not surprising that Cabernet Sauvignon values are the most frequent request. With our Global Tasting initiative (GTI) program geared up once again I thought t... Read More

    From the article Global Tasting Initiative - Cabernet


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