A vibrant and youthful wine with notes of apple, poached pear, citrus and creme caramel, the finish is crisp and dry with balanced acidity.
Maude is located on the outskirts of Wanaka in Central Otago, New Zealand. After marrying in 2003, owners Sarah-Kate and Dan Dineen returned home to New Zealand and founded Maude. Sarah-Kate and Dan were the winemakers at Tower Estates and Tempus Two in Hunter Valley, Australia and Dan also trained under Brian Crozer at Petaluma in Adelaide Hills. Their estate vineyard Mt. Maude is owned by Sarah-Kate’s parents, Dawn and Dr. Terry Wilson. This steep, north-facing nine acre parcel was planted in 1994 on clay and gravel soils to Pinot Noir, Riesling, Chardonnay and Pinot Gris. Additional fruit is sourced from other subregions within Central Otago, including Bannockburn, Bendigo, Gibbston and Lowburn. All fruit is hand-picked.
|Pinot Gris from Mt. Maude was whole cluster pressed and the free run juice was fermented in stainless steel whilst the grapes from Pisa Range in Cromwell Basin was lightly pressed by foot and then fermented in neutral oak barriques (40%).
|Since leaving their last roles as winemakers / general managers at the prestigious Tower Estate and Tempus Two wineries in the Hunter Valley, winemakers Sarah-Kate (SK) and Dan Dineen have quietly built a winery, a new home, developed the Maude wine label and started a family amidst the stunning back drop of Lake Wanaka in Central Otago, New Zealand. It is no surprise to wine industry insiders that their wine, Maude, has become an instant success. But like any supposed ’instant’ success there lies an enormous amount of energy, experience and professionalism behind a project, which epitomises this winemaking couple.
Part of the motivation to move to Central Otago was the eternal search for the holy grail of winemaking, Pinot Noir perfection, and to join forces with Sarah-Kate’s vineyard owning parents, Dawn and Dr Terry Wilson. The family were excited by the opportunity to combine Sarah-Kate and Dan’s strongly held belief in sourcing grape varieties from the regions that they best perform in, complimenting the exquisite small quantities of single vineyard fruit that Dawn and Terry produce at their Mount Maude vineyard.
Hence ’Maude’ was created to showcase the very best of New Zealand’s wine growing regions and currently consists of a Central Otago Pinot Noir and naturally, a Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc, with plans afoot for a Pinot Gris to join the fold. In comparison Mount Maude Wines continues to be solely from the family vineyard and in the future will be the pinnacle of the brand.
Sarah-Kate and Dans ultimate goal is to make first class Pinot Noir and illustrating that they don’t underestimate the monumental nature of this task Dan has stated;
”It will take a lifetime to truly understand the variety and how it performs under different conditions but SK and I will have a lot of fun learning.”