I have been impressed with Maude Pinot Noir since I visited this beautiful property a few years ago. It is tucked away in a little valley in Central Otago and as beautiful as Rippon, I think. It is a small winery, but with an experienced team. It has now hit the big time, as the 2017 Pinot Noir won the Champions Trophy as best New Zealand wine of the year. The wine is a blend of three vineyards in Central Otago. There is also a premium Pinot Noir from the home block, called Maude Mt. Maude.
However, I am reviewing here the 2016 Maude Pinot Noir. The flavours are red and black cherry. There is an intensity in this wine, but it is not fat as some Central Otago Pinot Noirs, rather the flavours are layered, with attractive savoury notes. Balanced acidity cuts through the fruit, and the fine grained silky tannins lead to a long and lasting finish - not at all an entry level wine!