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Published:  23 July, 2008

By Christian Davis

John Joslin, owner of Mud House estate in Marlborough, New Zealand, is the latest producer to pledge his allegiance to Stelvin closures. Joslin's new batch of Sauvignon Blanc, destined for his new agent Maisons Marques et Domaines by Christmas, has been bottled under Stelvin. At a special lunch on 30 October, the 65-year-old former Essex farmer told Harpers: I have become a huge fan of Stelvin, but I am not doing the reds until I see the public's reaction.' Asked about what he thought was likely to be the next key development, he said: For Marlborough, it's Pinot Noir. I do not see anything else.' As well as producing Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay, Merlot (from a single grower with a stoney vineyard) and Pinot Noir under the Mud House and Le Grys labels (50,000 cases total), from his eight hectares and eight suppliers, Joslin said he was growing a little Riesling and had bottled some Pinot Gris. Regarding the increased plantings in New Zealand, he said: The problem isn't the wine, it's the fact that if there is a big vintage there aren't enough wineries. People in Marlborough are sending their grapes all over the place.' Joslin said that he was having to turn down potential new customers, as his wine was already on allocation and the US is about to overtake the UK as New Zealand's main export market, with 15-20% increases in imports to the United States.