Sunday, February 27, 2011

Mud House Marlborough Pinot Noir, 2009 and Mudhouse Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc, 2010

Nadine Worley, the Mudhouse winemaker, is an Australian who says she moved to New Zealand in part because she loves to make cool climate wines. After tasting each of these wines, I would say she knows what she's doing.

The Sauvignon Blanc is bursting with aromas and flavors of passion fruit, guava and other tropical fruits. Very brisk and refreshing.

The Pinot is served to me chilled, but no worry--the fruit and floral smells and flavors are all the more intense. As it warms to a room temperature, the wine takes on more weight, depth and complexity. Very finely focused Pinot fruit that is typical of Marlborough but also in line with classic varietal traits.

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