As we keep saying, we in Canterbury are blessed to be part of such a great wine producing area that is the Waipara sub-region. The Deliverance Pinot Noir from the Muddy Water team offers up plenty of juicy red fruits and great drinking pleasure.
Winery notes (2020 Vintage)
"Light cherry red in colour with a full and expressive nose of baking spices, cloves and cinnamon, supported by red plum and berries. The palate is ripe and long with red fruits and beautiful fine grained tannins.
North Canterbury grows some of New Zealand’s most coveted wine grapes. We sourced the Pinot Noir grapes from a neighbouring vineyard in Waipara with clay gravel soils and twenty year old vines. These were predominantly from Dijon clones, vines are spur-pruned and carefully managed to allow dappled light into the fruit zone. Perfect fruit came in 2020 with rich ripe tannins and bright fresh acidity.
The Deliverance Pinot Noir was wild fermented in small lots and manually plunged for natural colour and tannin extraction. The young wine macerated on skins for four weeks before pressing to tank and old French barriques for natural malolactic fermentation and maturing for 6 months before blending and bottling onsite."
4 Stars Michael Cooper (2020 Vintage)
"Offering fine value, the 2020 vintage was fermented with indigenous yeasts and French oak-aged for seven months. Drinking well in its youth, it is a bright ruby, floral, graceful red, full-bodied, with ripe cherry, plum and spice flavours, gentle tannins, and very good depth and harmony. (From Muddy Water, owned by Greystone.)"
Reviews for the 2019 vintage below…
5 Stars & 93/100 Sam Kim, Wine Orbit, September 2020 (2019 Vintage)
"Attractively fruited and elegantly complex, the wine shows dark cherry, anise, toasted nut and subtle game characters on the nose, followed by a beautifully rounded palate that's supple and fleshy. It's sweetly fruited and finely textured with lovely savoury undertones, making it splendidly appealing. At its best: now to 2023."
90/100 Bob Campbell MW, The Real Review, August 2020 (2019 Vintage)
"Fresh, vibrant entry-level pinot noir with a mix of dark berry, raspberry, floral and fresh herb fruit flavours. High-energy wine with bright, youthful flavours. A stylish wine with character. Offers good value at this price."