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Maude is owned by the experienced winemaking couple of Sarah-Kate and Dan Dineen. The two produce hand-crafted wines from their custom built winery set against the backdrop of Lake Wanaka in Central Otago. Together, they have over two decades of international winemaking experience. After marrying in 2003, they decided to move back home to New Zealand to be closer to family and establish Maude. Part of the motivation to move to Central Otago was the eternal search for the holy grail of winemaking, Pinot Noir perfection. It comes as no surprise to industry insiders that Maude has become an instant success. The current range includes a Central Otago Pinot Noir and Pinot Gris, as well as, the pinnacle of the brand from the family’s own vineyard - Mount Maude Pinot Noir. At 45 degrees longitude, Central Otago is the southernmost wine region in the world. Here, the grapes have the longest hang-time of any viticultural area and can be picked as late as mid-May which allows for perfect ripening. The soil profile of clay and gravel mix is free-draining and stable. This wine combines fruit Maude’s very own mature family vineyard Mt. Maude and three of Central Otago’s premium sub-regions - Gibbston, Northburn and Queensbury. Each vineyard contributes uniquely to the complexity of the finished wine. [+]