Project Description

Mud House

Established: 1996

Locations: New Zealand – Central Otago, Waipara Valley, Marlborough

Mud House Range: Sauvignon Blanc, Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, Pinot Gris (South Island), Pinot Gris (Marlborough), Riesling, Gewürztraminer, Merlot

Sub Region Series: Rapaura Sauvignon Blanc, The Narrows Pinot Noir, Burleigh Pinot Rose, Omaka Chardonnay, Grovetown Pinot Gris

Single Vineyard Range: Woolshed Sauvignon Blanc, Claim 431 Pinot Noir, Home Block Pinot Gris, Hungry Hill Chardonnay, The Mound Riesling

Over twenty years ago, the founders of Mud House arrived in Marlborough, New Zealand, and fell in love with the place. After preparing the land and planting vines, they built a home to live in from the local earth. That home became our brand.

Today, as proud New Zealanders, Mud House makes consistently beautiful wines for people who seek new experiences and embrace fresh ideas.

Our passion is reflected in an enviable track record that has seen our wines consistently revered at home and recognised around the world.

Vineyard Location

What was once a place of rabbits and gold is now the area in which we grow and harness Pinot Noir in Central Otago. The long growing season and summer heat delivers beautiful flavours wrapped in bright pure red and dark fruit aromas.

The soils have been formed from glaciers grinding up the schist rocks to smaller gravels and finer particles. These soils are rich in minerals, free draining and low in vigour so careful use of irrigation is required to maintain vine health.

Nestled between the hills of North Canterbury, the Waipara Valley offers an exciting blend of soils and climate with a backdrop of natural, untouched beauty.

The Mound vineyard is named after a geographical mound which is adjacent to the vineyard and offers spectacular views of the river bed and across the stunning Teviotdale Hills to the north east.

In Marlborough’s Wairau Valley most vineyard rows run perpendicular to the old braided riverbed deposits. At the northern end of the Woolshed Vineyard, slight humps and hollows often lead to differing canopy densities, producing great depth and diverse flavours in the fruit.

The Woolshed vineyard is situated west of Blenheim in the shelter of a steep sided triangular hill called the ‘Delta’. Not only does this feature protect the vineyard from spring frosts, the different aspects of the slope produce a variety of fruit that make for exciting blending options.

Winemaking Philosophy

Cleighten CorneliusCleighten Cornelius, Senior Winemaker

Like many Kiwis, when he was younger Cleighten chose to travel to Europe during his gap year. It was only fitting that when he returned to New Zealand, he chose a career which would ensure more travel in the future. After university he again set off to the northern hemisphere to work vintages in France (Chambolle-Musigny), Germany (Rheingau) and Cyprus.

Returning to his hometown of Marlborough, with world class experience under his belt, Cleighten initially worked at Allan Scott as Winemaker, before joining the Mud House team in 2012. He believes learning is the key, both experimentally and from others.

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