2015 Mud House Single Vineyard Claim 431 Central Otago Pinot Noir "A beautifully styled pinot, the fragrant bouquet shows dark/red cherry, clove, thyme and vanilla characters with a hint of cedar and game. The palate is concentrated and finely textured, and offers excellent fruit purity together with seductive savoury complexity. The wine delivers classic Central Otago generosity with refinement and poise. A fabulous drink. At its best; now to 2022." April 2017. Sam Kim, WineOrbit.co.nz
#11 of 30 - 4.5 Stars - "Freshly aromatic, this medium-bodied wine has penetrating passionfruit and lime flavours, with lees-ageing notes adding complexity, balanced acidity and a lingering finish. Skilfully crafted it offers top value." Michael Cooper, North & South Magazine, Top 30 Autumn Wines.
4.5 Stars & Best Buy "There's plenty here to please lovers of the big, dark, voluptuous Central Otago style. You're greeted with a salvo of dark cherry and rich florals. The texture is plush and the dark fruit is well-lit by bright acidity and seasoned with oak spice. A well-made, big, but very cuddly, pinot." May Cuisine Magaazine Tasting Panel, 2017.
5 Stars - 18.5/20 - Raymond Chan.
"Even, dark ruby-red colour with some youthful purple hues, lighter on the rim. This has a full and voluminous nose of richly ripe, primary, dark raspberry fruit aromas along with bright, lifted dark red and violet floral, unfolding a subtle layer of thyme herbs. The aromatics build gently to form well-packed core. Medium-full bodied, the palate is vibrant and rich with juicy flavours of ripe, dark raspberry fruit entwined with dark-red and black cherries, along with notes of dark herbs and spices, lifted by dark-red florals. The sweet fruit is underlined by supple, fine-grained tannins and the wine flows along a smooth line with integrated acidity, leading to a finely concentrated lingering finish. This is a vibrantly rich and succulent Pinot Noir with aromatic flavours of dark raspberries, herbs and spices on a smooth-flowing supple palate. Match with duck, pork, lamb and beef dishes over the next 6+ hears. Clones 777, 115, 667, 5 and Abel from Claim 431 vineyard, the fruit hand-picked and destemmed and fermented to 14.0%. The wine aged 12 months in 25% new French oak. 2,000 dozen made". 18.5/20 April 2017 Raymond Chan