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Muddy Water Hare's Breath Pinot Noir 2012

Perched on the hillside, the Hare's Breath block earned its name from momentary glimpses by winery staff of an enigmatic wild hare living among the vines. On cool winter mornings the hare's breath can be seen in frosty puffs. Natural air movement down the slopes keeps everything frost free and the hillside soils are free draining, making this a reliable block even on wetter years. A little irrigation is needed in summer, drawn from the naturally renewing spring on the property.

The rows in this block are planted to a higher density than the estates older blocks with a mix of seven newer clone types from Burgundy, including one rumoured to have been smuggled out of Domaine de la Romanee Conti in the 1970s, tucked into a rugby player's gumboot. The vines are now reaching maturity and with careful spur-pruning and minimal irrigation the team ensure a low yield, with each vine producing just enough fruit to create a single bottle of wine.

The Hare's Breath wine is born through careful mixing of the estates' hillside-grown clones, fermenting the fruits together so each can contribute a distinct element to the mix: aromatics, tannins, mouthfeel, fruit flavour, florals and spiciness. The resulting wine is typically dark and dense, with more spice and robust tannins than the Slowhand Pinot Noir, accented by wonderful lifted herbal elements from the block's terroir. A wine with definite structure, you can feel the angles through the palate.


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Muddy Water
New Zealand
Sub Region:
Waipara Valley
Red Wine
Primary Grape(s):
Pinot Noir
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Screw Cap
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The Producer Muddy Water Wine | Waipara, New Zealand

Muddy Water Wines: Waipara, New Zealand

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The Region Canterbury | New Zealand

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The Primary Grape Pinot Noir

Organic Vines in Vineyard with crop cover

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