Coming into to winter and the weather is starting to change. As the days get shorter and the nights are get cooler our tastes start to change. The BBQ has been packed away until next year and out comes the slow cooker. This month I have discovered four quite special wines that are worth trying, All under $40 and highly recommended. Either with a meal or just relaxing by an open fire – welcome in the winter with some great reds…
Mud House Central Otago Pinot Noir 2015
Central Otago has a reputation for turning out some of our best Pinot Noirs. With a short growing season, hot dry summers and tough soil, the stress on the vines create very thick skins with a huge amount of flavour, structure and colour.
This wine was made from grapes sourced from a vineyard in Bendigo denoted as Claim 431. Grown in free draining loam soil over schist gravel makes this area perfect for growing outstanding Pinot Noir. At just $32.99 this wine represents great value for money and is a great expression of a central Otago Pinot Noir
Tasting notes: Ruby red in colour with a bouquet of freshly crushed wildberries, dark plums, brooding spice and underlying elegant oak nuances. A generous and layered palate is woven with elegant and textured dark fruit tannins and integrated woodspice notes. A backbone of classic Central Otago acidity helps to balance and maintain vibrancy in the finish.
Food match: Juicy and succulent red meats such as duck, venison or lamb with a light flavoursome jus will pair beautifully with this Pinot Noir.