One of the great things about WSET studying I am doing is all the great wine I get to taste that I may not normally get to try. The 2010 Mud House Pinot Noir is a perfect example. As you have noticed, on a pinot tear as of late, but I may have overlooked this one in the shops. I am glad we had it in class and that I took the left overs home! This a great wine and a perfect example of the rapidly growing wine industry that is coming out of the Central Otago region of New Zealand, which happens to produce the most southerly grapes in the world. It is also the highest in elevation out of all the New Zealand growing regions. With Pinot Noir only making up about 1.5% of all New Zealand’s wines, it was a treat to find one that was so wonderful .
This pinot was unmistakably garnet in color and hit your nose with the expected red fruit notes and a great spice on the end that was more there as the wine opened up. When tasted it greeted you with strong currant and ripe cherry. There was the expected oak hanging out in the background as well. It had a smooth to medium tannin level that lets the wine sit for an extended finish of red fruit. If you get the chance, give this relatively young winery a chance and pick this up!
-by Brian Aufdenberg