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the arrival of white GURU 2012

guru white 2012guru 2012I still can’t quite get over the fact that I actually helped processed some of the Guru 2012 in Douro. Those are some of the Viosinho, Rabigato, Codega and Gouveio (about 2T) that went through the small press yesterday. It was definitely muito interessante to see how different they run things here compared to the more recent NZ vintage that I did. I guess once harvest hits its peak, there should be even more intriguing things to watch. Sad to say that internet connection here is sketchy but better this than nothing at all right? I actually like how quiet it can become at night, much quieter than NZ.

Muddy Water Pinot Noir – A Tasting with Belinda

Muddy Water Hare's Breath Pinot Noir 2009

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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.