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Two Gold Medals at New World Wine Awards
Sauvignon Blanc and Riesling take out medals

We are delighted to announce the 2016 Mud House Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc won Gold and has been placed in the top 50 wines at the 2016 New World Wine Awards. A second Gold was awarded to the 2014 Mud House Single Vineyard ‘The Mound’ Waipara Valley Riesling. 

The New World Wine Awards is one of the largest and most influential wine shows in New Zealand with more than 1,300 entries this year.

Cleighten Cornelius, Mud House winemaker, was thrilled with the performance of the wines at the Awards. 

“It was a great harvest in 2016, with an extended warm autumn allowing excellent development of fruit ripeness and flavours. The Sauvignon Blanc expresses these qualities brilliantly,” said Cleighten. 

The judging panel at the Awards aligned the 2016 Mud House Sauvignon Blanc with qualities of rich, dense and concentrated flavours boasting lifted varietal, sweet gooseberry and apples, leading into a crisp long dry finish. Cleighten said although the harvest of 2014 was a more challenging one due to rain, the Riesling shone through, to produce a wine with bright citrus notes, giving way to flavours of crunchy nectarine and honeysuckle.

“The juicy lemonade acidity of this wine delivers harmony and balance to the palate with subtle underlying textural minerality,” said Cleighten.

The Mud House 2015 Mud House Central Otago Pinot Noir was awarded a Silver medal.

The New World Wine Awards is judged by a panel of 13 independent expert wine judges that blind taste and judge each wine using the same internationally recognised 20-point scale as other wine competitions worldwide.

This means that wines are held to the same standard as at any other wine show. The only difference is that all wines entered must retail for $25 or less per bottle and at least 5,000 bottles must be available for sale.

The Gold medal winning 2014 Single Vineyard Mound Riesling and 2016 Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc, along with the other medal winning Mud House wines, will be available in New World stores from 10 October 2016.