4.5 STARS 92/100 | Bob Campbell MW
Maude wines is a family owned wine company which produce premium Pinot Noir from their winery in Wanaka, Central Otago. Winemaking couple Dan and Sarah-Kate Dineen, had blended together over two decades of high profile international winemaking experience before moving back to Central Otago. 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 parents, Dawn and Dr Terry Wilson who have the well established Mount Maude vineyard in the Maungawera valley just outside Wanaka.
The winery writes: "Powerful and complete, that’s how we’d describe our 2017 Pinot Noir. Layers of dark Central Otago berry fruits, hints of violet, clove and cinnamon aromas are locked into this wine which screams of promise. The mouthfeel is instantly generous with the depth and breadth of flavour quite astounding. Tannins like velvet, guide the flavours through the palate giving structure and carry."