Review: Mud House 2017 Sauvignon Blanc and 2015 Pinot Noir
Mud House is a big New Zealand brand that produces a large selection of wines. Here’s a look at two new releases that represent the core of kiwi wine country.
2017 Mud House Sauvignon Blanc Marlborough – Exuding loads of tropical fruit, this is an effusive expression of kiwi sauvignon blanc, at least as it has been in years past. While not entirely complex, the wine has a certain vegetal grassiness that adds a bit of nuance (the bottle’s tasting notes call it “snow pea,” which isn’t far from the mark), thought the pineapple character totally dominates the experience. A great little porch sipper, and an excellent value. B+ / $16
2015 Mud House Pinot Noir Central Otago – Mildly earthy, with notes of plums, cassis, and some tar, this is a lightly meaty expression of pinot, and a bit musty at times. Notes of spearmint and beef jerky inform a moderately sweet but fairly balanced finish. B+ / $19
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