Mud House’s Woolshed Vineyard, planted mostly to Sauvignon Blanc (UCD 1), is located in Marlborough and includes clay and alluvial soils on the plain and stony, infertile soils on the hilly glacial moraine deposit. The moraine portion produces small, concentrated berries and low yields of about 8 tons/ha, while the flatter, alluvial portion gives yields as high as 18 tons/ha. Central Otago is home to Mud House’s Golden Terraces Vineyard with loam over schist gravel soils; it’s located in the warm, Bendigo sub-region. Ten different clones—a mix of UC Davis, Dijon, and old New Zealand—are grown there. The vineyard is young, and Mud House is experimenting with canopy management, cover crops, and the like to find what produces the best fruit. The Waipara holdings include the Home Block Vineyard, the Deans Vineyard, and the Mound Vineyard. These vineyards are mostly planted to Pinot Gris with smaller amounts of Sauvignon Blanc and Pinot Noir. The soils are gravel loam over an alluvial subsoil.
Pale lemon color. Lifted aromatic nose of snow pea, citrus, and passionfruit. A beautifully balanced wine. The front palate fills with fresh greens and ripe tropical flavors. The crisp grapefruit-like acidity extends the palate to a long mouth-watering finish.
Perfect with aromatic Vietnamese chicken pho.