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Blue Gold Award - Sydney International Wine Competition
Claim 431 Pinot Noir

Mud House has been awarded a Blue Gold Award at the 37th annual Sydney International Wine Competition, (SIWC).

The 2015 Mud House Single Vineyard Claim 431 Central Otago Pinot Noir was ranked 11 of 199 Pinot Noirs entered, to receive this award.

The SIWC is noted for pairing food with the wines being judged, making the award very relevant for consumers. This year’s food match worked brilliantly with the Claim 431; the structure and acidity of the cherry fruit of the Pinot Noir cut nicely through the richness of the duck, rounded off with a pumpkin mash.

Accolade New Zealand General Manager Jack Glover is delighted with the result.

“We’ve known for a long time the Claim 431 Vineyard is something special. The quality of Pinot Noir that New Zealand is producing is fantastic. Our viticulture and winemaking team work very well together to ensure quality, and this is proven in the domestic and international success of Pinot Noir from this vineyard,” said Jack.

Fruit from this vineyard in the sub region of Bendigo, Central Otago, is not shy of gracing awards listings at this competition previously, and others around the globe.

The 2012 Mud House Claim 431 vintage has in the past been the golden child of the Mud House Bendigo vineyard, having won two Trophies at the International Wine Challenge in the United Kingdom in 2014 (New Zealand Pinot Noir and the Central Otago Pinot Noir Trophies). In 2015 the same wine was judged the sole Master at the Drinks Business Global Masters Pinot Noir Awards.  

Mud House winemaker Cleighten Cornelius said the Bendigo vineyard, planted 13 years ago, is a great resource, with a golden track record.

With eleven clones of Pinot Noir spread over three different land elevations, every year a group of clones shine, depending on the seasonal conditions.

He added that the clones chosen for the vintage 2015 Claim 431 thrived with the cool start followed by warm and stable weather, boasting an abundance of wild berry and dark plum flavours. 

“Along with our usual vibrant berries and fresh acidity, we have a brooding savoury component; all working together evenly to produce a wine with finesse and poise,” said Cleighten.

This award winning wine will feature at Pinot NZ 2017; a gathering on Wellington’s waterfront of Pinotfiles from around the globe, to celebrate, discuss, share, and taste everything Pinot Noir.