2018 Muddy Water Pinot Noir

Waipara Valley, NZ

Dark and delicious organic Pinot Noir from the south island of NZ.




About The Wine

Powerful Pinot Noir from Waipara, just to the north of Christchurch, its dark colour and earthy character coming from the limestone-rich soil.

Exotic herbs and spices mesh with dark plum and cherry on the nose and palate and there is a firm hand of tannin adding support and guidance - grape tannin not oak though.

A good bet for development in the cellar, this is great to drink now for a deeply satisfying glass of organic NZ Pinot.

About Muddy Water

Muddy Water was the first certified organic winery in Waipara, just to the north of Christchurch. It's name is a direct translation of Waipara.

Founded back in 1993, it lies in the scenic beauty of the Teviotdale Hills in the Waipara Valley, covering 12 hectares of vines, and a small olive grove. The Thomas family have run the estate since 2011, with a major focus on organics, biodiversity and sustainable practice.

On the wine side.. they release tremendous Pinot Noir and Chardonnay and a rare Pinotage from NZ.

Muddy Water vineyard
Muddy Water vineyard
Canterbury, NZ
Additional Info

From The Producer

The fertile limestone-washed soils impart a certain evocative darkness to our wine, a richness and distinct texture that's a signature characteristic of our range. The soil type is ideal for growing Chardonnay and Pinot Noir, mirroring the calcareous clay soils that are the natural home of these classic varieties. Warm summers with cool nights extend into dry, gentle autumns for a long growing season. With no rush to pick in the height of summer, grapes are allowed to hang and fully ripen with complex varietal expression and intense flavour.

Blend : Pinot Noir (100%)
ABV : 14%
Closure : Screw Cap
Drink Until : 2028
Bottle Size : 750ml

Winemaker Dominic Maxwell
Winemaker Dominic Maxwell
Waipara, NZ
Expert Reviews

Critic Reviews

The Real Review

"From 27-year-old vines grown on calcareous clay soils. Savoury pinot noir that's more vinous than fruity, with a mix of dried herb, red and black fruits, baked-earth and subtle spicy flavours. Good now, better later." - Bob Campbell (The Real Review)


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