Winemakers Sarah-Kate (SK) and Dan Dineen left their jobs at the prestigious Tower Estate and Tempus Two wineries in the Hunter Valley in search of the holy grail terroir of pinot noir. They found it in Central Otago, against the stunning backdrop of Lake Wanaka, and so developed the Maude wine label.

What style do you think characterises Central Otago pinot?
A region which truly reflects the dramatic landscape in which our pinot noir is grown. Our pinots have depth and clarity, are intense, powerful expressions of place.

Tell us three things we need to know about your region.
1. Arguably the most beautiful wine region in the World
2. Definitely the best ski slopes in New Zealand
3. Mecca for adrenalin junkies

What’s the one thing we must do in your region?
Wildwire in Wanaka – NZ’s equivalent to the Italian via Ferrata – or Iron Staircase

When no one is watching, you drink…
Old Fashions.

Your pinots are best for…
Occasions where they’ll be appreciated.

Your pinots are best paired with…
Good people.

If not you, who else should people try?
Rippon Vineyard

What song should we listen to when driving to the winery?

What song should we listen to when driving away and onto the next one?

The one song that makes you dance when the beat drops…
Some electronic jazz by Parov Stelar – like this

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