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Neudorf 2018 Pinot Rosé, 2017 Moutere Chardonnay and 2016 Moutere Pinot Noir

22 September,2018

In my early days in the wine trade, I was told to look at a winery’s cheapest wines. If they were good, then the chances were that their best wines would be outstanding. An icon wine producer will make every wine to the highest standards possible. If you look at my list of ‘Winery of the Year’ recipients (click here to access), all of the producers there make outstanding wines at all levels. Neudorf Vineyards was my 2012 ‘Winery of the Year’, and I can categorically state that all of the wines, and not just the top-of-the-line ‘Moutere’ bottlings from them have been impeccable. Sure the ‘Moutere’ wines have greater richness, depth, complexity or style, but the other wines go as far as they can when taking aspiration into account. So, experience has proven that I am rarely, or should I say never disappointed by a Neudorf wine. Here, I review the 2018 Pinot Rosé, 2017 Moutere Chardonnay and 2016 Moutere Pinot Noir. The 2018 growing season was one of extreme, resulting in graceful wines, the 2017 growing season was cool, giving elegant wines, and 2016 was atypical, giving wines that are more approachable. And of course, the Neudorf wines reflect their vintages with great clarity. www.neudorf.co.nz


Neudorf Nelson Pinot Rosé 2018

Rose from New Zealand – Nelson


Bright, very pale candy-floss pink with some peach hues, lighter on the rim. The nose is fresh and taut with finely bound aromas of cherry fruit intermingling with quince and light red florals, along with delicate mouthwatering minerals. The aromatics show good depth and intensity with aeration. Dry to taste and medium-bodied, the palate has delicate flavours of cherries and strawberries with subtle notes of quince and red florals. Though delicate, the fruit is piquant, lending a dry, thirst-quenching mouthfeel. The fruit forms a very fine line with good acid drive, and the wine carries to a mouthwatering dry finish. This is a poised dry rosé with delicate strawberry and quince flavours on a refreshing palate, in the Provence style. Serve as an aperitif, with canapés and antipasto over the next 2 years. Hand-picked fruit, clones 667, 777. 113, 114, 10/5 and 5, from the ‘Home’ and ‘Flaxmore’ vineyards, Upper Moutere, 75% crushed to press and 25% given a soak, and all indigenous yeast fermented in stainless-steel with 20% in seasoned barrels to 13.0% alc., and dryness. 616 cases made. 18.0+/20 Sep 2018 RRP $25.00

Neudorf Moutere Nelson Chardonnay 2017

Chardonnay from New Zealand – Nelson


Bright, even, light golden-yellow colour with slight lemon-green hues and a little depth, paler on edge. The nose is very elegant, fresh and vibrant with good depth of white and yellow stonefruits, along with subtle nutty oak and creamy barrel-ferment hints, unfolding mouthwatering mineral detail. The fruit and oak builds in concentration and intensity with aeration, developing fine nuance. Medium-full bodied, the palate is elegant in presentation with brisk, refreshing and lively flavours of white and yellow stonefruits along with subtle notes of nutty oak. The palate is one of finesse, freshness and vibrancy, and builds a fine core with good acid vitality. The flavours flow along a very fine line leading to a fresh, detailed finish. This is an elegant, refreshingly vibrant Chardonnay with subtly building flavours and complexities on a fine and lively palate. Serve with seafood over the next 4+ years. 100% hand-picked Mendoza clone fruit from the ‘Home’ block, WBP and fully indigenous yeast barrel-fermented with high solids to 13.5% alc., the wine aged 12 months on full lees in 12% new French oak, undergoing batonnage and MLF, then given a further 4 months on lees in tank. 362 cases made. Certified BioGro organic. 18.5+/20 Sep 2018 RRP $79.00

Neudorf Moutere Nelson Pinot Noir 2016

Pinot Noir from New Zealand – Nelson


Moderately dark ruby-red colour with slight garnet hues, lighter on the rim. The nose is elegant and seamless in expression with aromas of dark-red berry fruit along with dark plums, revealing dark herb, spice and liquorice complexities. The aromatics form a very finely concentrated core. Medium-full bodied, the palate is elegantly concentrated with layers of sweetly ripe dark-red and black cherry fruit entwined with dark plums, notes od spice and liquorice with dark herbs. The fruit forms a rich and succulent heart which is supported by supple, fine-grained tannin extraction with soft acidity, lending a degree of accessibility. The flavours carry to a long, lingering spicy finish. This is an elegantly concentrated Pinot Noir with seamlessly interwoven flavours of dark-red and black cherry and berry fruit with plums, spices and liquorice on a fine-grained palate of finesse. Match with wild duck and pork over the next 6 years. Clones 777 and 5 from the ‘Home’ vineyard, fully destemmed and fully indigenous yeast fermented to 13.5% alc., the wine aged 11 months in 15% new French oak with a further 4 months in tank. 303 cases made. Certified BioGro organic. 19.0-/20 Sep 2018 RRP $65.00

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