Selected for the 2020 Fine Wines of New Zealand List
Winery notes (2018 Vintage)
"The 2018 Maude is sourced from Central Otago’s premium sub regions, each contributing to this savoury, complex Pinot Noir. Layers of ripe red and dark fruits, hints of violet, clove and cinnamon with whole bunch complexities. Medium to full bodied, the palate is voluminous where dark fruit flavours are supported by velvety tannins, creating a wine with structure and poise.
Hand harvested from our Lowburn and Queensberry vineyards in Central Otago. Fermented very traditionally in open topped tanks, hand plunged, indigenous yeasts with a portion of whole bunch included in each fermenter. 18 – 28 days on skins for tannin development prior to pressing. Maturation in French barriques (30% new) for 10 months before bottling."
4 ½ Stars Michael Cooper (2018 Vintage)
"The 2018 vintage was French oak-aged (25 per cent new). Bright ruby, it is fragrant, fresh and savoury, with generous cherry, plum and spice flavours, oak complexity and fine-grained tannins. Open mid-2021+."
Reviews for the 2017 vintage below…
Trophy for Champion Wine of the Show – New Zealand Wine of the Year Awards 2018
Trophy for Champion Pinot Noir – New Zealand Wine of the Year Awards 2018
Trophy for Champion Central Otago Wine – New Zealand Wine of the Year Awards 2018
Gold Medal – New Zealand Wine of the Year Awards 2018
18.5/20 Joelle Thomson, Drinks Biz Magazine, June 2019 (2017 Vintage)
""Small but sensational" is how Central Otago winemakers Sarah-Kate and Dan Dineen describe the volume of wines that trickled from the vintage of 2017. It was a tricky year with cool weather and frosts leading up to vintage, so the overall volume of grapes harvested was less but, on the flip side, the resulting wines are intensely rich, powerfully fruity and seductively silky keepers. This is one of my top 10 2017 Central Otago Pinot Noirs and will age well too."
92/100 Bob Campbell MW, The Real Review, July 2018 (2017 Vintage)
"A blend of grapes from the Sitting Bull vineyard just above the shore of Lake Dunstan, and the Fish Hook vineyard in the Queensbury subregion. Floral, cherry, plum, fresh herb and sappy flavours supported by fine, drying tannins. A distinctive and reasonably concentrated wine with character. Drink 2018 to 2023."
17/20 Tim Jackson MW, JancisRobinson.com, July 2019 (2017 Vintage)
"Lowburn and Queensberry subregions. Winery in Wanaka. 30% whole-bunch fermentation with indigenous yeasts. 20 days on skins. Champion Pinot and Wine of Show in the former Air New Zealand wine awards. Pale black-purple. Blackberry and blueberry fruit with violet floral tones. Marked cedar and cinnamon oak, with some dark chocolate. Floral and herbal lift. Sappy, vibrant blackberry and herb, with juicy, brisk acidity. Light-medium, ripe tannins. Quite long."