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Mud House Summer Wines

Last week we said our goodbyes to Summer with some fabulous Mud House Wines thanks to Pasternak Wine Imports. Always the best! Check out these amazing, award-winning, and VERY affordable varieties…


Waipara Valley, New Zealand
Vintage: 2012
Alcohol: %12.5
Average Price: $15+

Winemaker’s Notes: Displaying lifted aromas of honeysuckle and citrus with a delicate floral background this is a perfectly balanced Riesling with fine minerality, structure and a touch of sweetness on the finish.

Our Thoughts and Pairings: Wow! What a surprise! Even the hubbies liked this one! Rieslings tend to get misunderstood as a dessert wine because they are considered sweet,  If ever you needed to prove to someone differently….have them taste this Mud House Riesling. Just the right touch of sweetness. Slightly sweet, slightly dry, short finish, We got flavors of pear and honey. The wine is a very light yellow color, with a definite citrus scent, a little tart mixed with some honey aromas. Paired great with some clams, and crackers with cheese. Very, very nice Riesling. No wonder it received the “Best of Class” – 98 points Gold Medal at the Los Angeles International Wine and Spirits Competition.


Pinot Gris
South Island, New Zealand
Vintage: 2012
Alcohol: 13.5%
Average Price: $15+

Winemaker’s Notes:  A textural wine with ripe pear, quince and sweet spice aromas. The front palate is full and juicy and finishes with fresh acidity and a touch of fruit sweetness.

Our Thoughts and Pairings: A much better and fruitier Pinot Gris than we expected! Also found aromas of pear and honey, but with a touch of spice. Very clear in color. We tasted peaches and pears and a little spice on the finish. Paired perfectly with our grilled chicken and rice dinner. This wine has definitely opened us up to trying more Pinot Grigios.


Sauvignon Blanc
Marlborough, New Zealand
Vintage: 2011
Alcohol: 13%
Average Price: $10+

Winemaker’s Notes:  Our vintage 2011 classic Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc is blended from vineyards across Marlborough to capture all the flavours that this region is famous for.  A vibrant nose reminiscent of spring with snow pea and passionfruit aromas.  A focused and concentrated palate with crisp grapefruit acidity and bold tropical flavours.

Our Thoughts and Pairings:  While not one of our favorites, one of us is a big Sauvignon Blanc fan and this wine did not disappoint. Very pale yellow in color. We definitely got a grassy scent with some lemon. In terms of flavor there was some combinations of citrus, like grapefruit, and tropical fruit, like mango. Nice pairing with our grilled clams and veggies.


Pinot Noir
Central Otago, New Zealand
Vintage: 2011
Alcohol: 13.5%
Average Price: $17+

Winemaker’s Notes:  Deep red fruit notes with a hint of spice on the nose.  Cherry and currant flavors combine with subtle oak on the palate. Silky dry tannins lead to a generous fruitful finish.

Our Thoughts and Pairings:  Another nice surprise. This pinot was a little more intense than usual. A deeper shade of red and purple then we’re used to from a pinot noir. The aromas and flavors were also more complex and fruity. Smelled of raspberries and strawberries and tasted like cherry and plum with slight oakiness. Let it breathe a little before pouring. Paired perfectly with some chocolate bon bons for dessert. 😉


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