Wine of the Month

Muddy Water 2013 Sauvignon Blanc

In a sea of so many Sauvignon Blancs, the vast majority are the exuberant style. Muddy Water takes a different approach – grassy, herbaceous styles are not for them, they want a style that’s refreshingly different – bone dry and made to cellar. The Sauvignon is cropped at low levels and like all other Muddy Water wines, handled meticulously. It has the sophisticated edge with pear, light mango and mineral flavours wrapped into a weighty finish, a Sauvignon Blanc that will age and is made for food.   It's a deliciously refreshing alternative from more herbaceous Marlborough styles, and a striking full bodied Sauvignon Blanc. Made by Dom Maxwell, crowned Winemaker of the Year 2011 by Winestate Magazine.   Now available in shops around Ireland, here’s what a number of top wine writers say:

Sophisticated, subtle, and fresh; a wine that gradually unleashes its power and leaves a lasting impression. It has flavours of limes, passionfruit and mineral wrapped into a weightier finish, a Sauvignon Blanc that will age and is made for food. It has the Muddy Water trademark – immensely appealing for those who appreciate the deft touch. Bob Campbell, MW 

Grapes for this lovely complex Sauvignon came from two distinctly different vineyards, one gravelly, the other clay rich. Grapes were hand harvested, whole bunch pressed, fermented in stainless steel tanks and barrels using indigenous yeast then matured in barrels on lees for six months. The nose shows intense aromas of lime zest, flint and dried herbs. It’s beautifully refined on the palate with fine texture, well harmonised acidity and an expansive finish. A rich, complex Sauvignon, while remaining crisp and refreshing. This should be a beautiful food partner. Sam Kim, Wine Orbit


Redmonds, Ranelagh; Thomas’s, Foxrock; D-Six, Harolds Cross;  Blackrock Cellar; Clontarf Wines; 64 Wine, Glasthule; The Corkscrew, Chatham St; Woodberrys, Galway; Cabot & Co, Westport.

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