2004 Muddy Water Estate Chardonnay: Clear pale gold-lemon yellow and a shade of light green hues. Flinty but with a disturbing musty cardboard character on the nose; smokey and plenty of oak. Sharp, white fruit core, bitter lemon and unripe grapefruit flavours. Med+ acidity; med length.
2009 Muddy Water Estate Pinot Noir: Ruby-garnet core; a little cloudy. Bright red fruits, cherries, spice and good vanilla/oak aromas on the nose. Quite tannic on the palate; muscular and texturally sound; dark chocolate – more savoury than sweet really. Med to med+ acid; med finish. A food wine. Needs time for the elements to meld together.
2009 Muddy Water Slowhand Pinot Noir: clear magenta-red core. Muted nose of morello cherry and blackberry jam with a touch of jasmine tea leaves. Tart, lots of dark chocolate, coffee beans and oak flavours on the palate. A tinge of greenness was detected in the wine but with good acidity and a med+ finish. Most elegant and pleasing of the line-up even though Belinda said it had a few rough edges (that seemed to work).
2009 Muddy Water Hare’s Breath Pinot Noir: Bright purplish-red core with a strong magenta rim. Sweet vanilla, oak, ripe black cherries were quite lifted. Perfumed and candy-ish. Pretty tannic on the mouth, again the fruit profile took a backseat while the texture of the wine took centre-stage. Quite a lot of oak and cedar on the palate – definitely needs time to tame those unforgiving tannins.