Waipara, North Canterbury, New Zealand
Importer: Wine Fix (info@thewinefix.com.au)

Proprietor: The Thomas Family
Year of Establishment: 1993
Size of Estate: 12 hectares planted to wine grapes, 30 hectares total property
Av. bottles/annum: 30,000

Website: www.muddywater.co.nz

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Muddy Water planted its ungrafted vines in Waipara Valley in 1993 on the clayand limestone slopes of the Omihi Hills. The seven hectare vineyard is the oldest certified organic vineyard in North Canterbury.

 

Each block is vinified separately with ungrafted 10/5 clone making up the Slowhand Pinot Noir block. The Hare’s Breath block is the steepest slope at the back of the vineyard with newer Dijon clones with more calcareous soil. We’ve just planted a new Riesling block from seed and await to see the results over the coming years.

 

All fruit is hand-picked, vinified and bottled on site in our straw bale winery. Founding member of Greening Waipara- restoring biodiversity to our region.


 

VINES

Muddy Water Vineyard

Size
12 hectares
% of your production
96%
Owned
Harvested by hand
Dry grown
Soil/s
Calcareous clay
Varieties planted
Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, Pinotage, Riesling
Training system
1 and 2 cane Vertical Shoot Positioning
Fertilizer
Biodynamic preparations and estate made compost
Pest control
Copper and sulphur
Weed control
Mechanical
When was it converted to natural farming
2008 converted to Organic

 

Greystone Vineyard

Size
37 hectares
% of your production
4%
Owned
Harvested by hand
Irrigated
Soil/s
Calcareous clay over limestone and sandstone
Varieties planted
Pinot Gris, Chardonnay, Gewurz, Pinot Noir, Riesling, Sauvignon Blanc, Syrah
Training system
2 cane Vertical Shoot Positioning
Fertilizer
Estate made compost
Pest control
Copper and sulphur
Weed control
Mechanical
When was it converted to natural farming
2014 conversion started - in conversion

 

 
 

Wines

Slowhand Pinot Noir

2010
Variety
Pinot Noir
Name of the vineyard/s where this fruit is sourced
Muddy Water
Days of skin contact
30 days
Filtered
No
Fined
No
Elevage
228 L barrels for 15 months, barrels have an average age of 2 years
Wild Yeast
Total Sulphites (ppm)
29ppm

Hare's Breath Pinot Noir

2011
Variety
Pinot Noir
Name of the vineyard/s where this fruit is sourced
Muddy Water
Days of skin contact
35 days
Filtered
No
Fined
No
Elevage
228 L barrels for 16 months, barrels have an average age of 2 years
Wild Yeast
Total Sulphites (ppm)
38ppm

Muddy Water Pinot Noir

2012
Variety
Pinot Noir
Name of the vineyard/s where this fruit is sourced
Muddy Water
Days of skin contact
28 days
Filtered
No
Fined
No
Elevage
228 L barrels for 11 months, barrels have an average age of 2 years
Wild Yeast
Total Sulphites (ppm)
41ppm

Muddy Water Dry Riesling

2010
Variety
Riesling
Name of the vineyard/s where this fruit is sourced
Muddy water
Days of skin contact
0.5 days
Filtered
yes, pad filtered through plant cellulose pads
Fined
No
Elevage
8 months in stainless steel
Wild Yeast
Total Sulphites (ppm)
60ppm

Muddy Water Skin Fermented Pinot Gris

2015
Variety
Pinot Gris
Name of the vineyard/s where this fruit is sourced
Greystone
Days of skin contact
35 days, 50% VINEYARD FERMENTATION
Filtered
No
Fined
No
Elevage
228 L barrels for 7 months (5 yr old barrels) and 250 L clay amphora for 7 months.
Wild Yeast
Total Sulphites (ppm)
2ppm