2020 Muddy Water SANS Pinot Noir

Waipara Valley, NZ

Dark and silky natural Pinot Noir from NZ that is both classical and a touch rustic. Absolutely delicious alternative Pinot drinking.



Pretty ‘natty’ and ‘non-classic’ in style, but I really like it.

Gary Walsh (The Wine Front)

About The Wine

SANS, of course, means 'without', in that the wine went without any additions at all, including no sulphur added at all. From a single vineyard, certified organic, in the Omihi Hills of Waipara.

A pretty rare example of a natural wine having so much classical vinous character, it's a deep, spicy Pinot with a velvet palate and a long finish.

It's cloudy and unfiltered, so it looks a little wilder than it actually is... A great example of real hands-off winemaking!

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

Certified organic from predominantly ungrafted vines, managed by hand with limited irrigation. Planted in a variety of clones on calcareous clay soils on the gradual Omihi slopes. Long stretches of hot, dry weather through summer and a cooler autumn produced optimum fruit ripening at harvest of clean fruit. Hand-picked, small quantities of intensely flavoured and perfectly ripened fruit delivered to the winery /p>

Blend : Pinot Noir (100%)
ABV : 13%
Closure : Screw Cap
Drink Until : 2025
Bottle Size : 750ml

Winemaker Dominic Maxwell
Winemaker Dominic Maxwell
Waipara, NZ
Expert Reviews

Critic Reviews

The Wine Front

"30 days on skins before a gentle press to clay amphora and used oak barriques. No added SO2. Seems to be sold out in NZ, but likely some floating about in Australia. Black cherry, ripe raspberry, dark tobacco, paprika and dark spices, but has perfume too. It’s brooding and earthy, but has energy and life, rich silty tannin, a sort of pomegranate tang, and plenty of length. Pretty ‘natty’ and ‘non-classic’ in style, but I really like it.


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