MAUDE WINES

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Fam­ily-owned Maude, in Wanaka, scooped the 2018 New Zealand Wine of the Year Cham­pion tro­phy for their Pinot Noir Cen­tral Otago 2017. Sarah-kate, wine­maker and co-owner with hus­band Dan, shares their jour­ney.

WHAT MADE YOU AND DAN DE­CIDE TO BUILD YOUR OWN WIN­ERY?

We were wine­maker/man­agers in the Hunter Val­ley [Aus­tralia]. We held per­haps two of the best roles in the area, so when we said we were set­ting sail for New Zealand to be­gin our own ad­ven­ture, there were a lot of odd looks. But we dreamed of run­ning our own win­ery and were very for­tu­nate to have a fam­ily vine­yard in Wanaka to come home to.

WHY PINOT NOIR?

It has a per­fume, a suc­cu­lence, that’s al­most mes­meris­ing so it’s a wine­maker’s great­est as­pi­ra­tion to make a great pinot. It isn’t easy, they don’t call it the Holy Grail for noth­ing.

YOUR FAVOURITE FOOD MATCHES?

We drink the bold, youth­ful pinots with lamb or duck and ma­ture ex­am­ples with braised meat, con­fit duck or a good wedge of 36-month Comté.

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