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Neudorf Moutere 2017 Albarino and 2016 Dry Riesling

21 February,2018

When Tim and Judy Finn started Neudorf Vineyards in the late 1970s, they planted a fruit salad of varieties, as most winegrowers in a new region would do, to determine the most successful performers. For many, that success is measured in yield. For the Finns, wine quality was the criterion. Thus began a consolidation of the different grape varieties to Chardonnay and Pinot Noir, which are the flagships for the company today. However, Riesling, Sauvignon and more recently Pinot Gris are regarded with esteem. These varieties have been joined by Albarino, with 0.5 ha planted in 2012 in ‘Rosie’s Block’, yielding its first wine with the 2015 vintage. The initial quantities have been minuscule, but with the 2017 vintage, quantities are such that the Albarino wine can be commercialised. I certainly believe that of all the emerging varieties in New Zealand, Albarino has arguably the brightest future. It will be exciting to see where the Neudorf team take it. Here, I review the 2017 Albarino, along with the 2016 Dry Riesling, both in the ‘Moutere’ tier, the latter wine one of the original and mainstay aromatic whites for Neudorf.


Neudorf Moutere Nelson Albarino 2017

Other White from New Zealand – Nelson


Bright straw-yellow colour with a little depth, paler on the rim. The nose is very elegant and finely concentrated with tightly bound, slender aromas of white florals and white stonefruits, along with a hint of saline and minerals. This has a good heart with intensity and presence. Dry to taste and medium-bodied, the palate has a finely concentrated core of white stonefruits and white florals, along with subtle nutty and mineral elements unfolding saline detail. The fruit has good depth with light phenolic textures and crisp acidity lending a thirst-quenching mouthfeel. The textures carry the wine to a long, dry, zesty finish. This is a finely concentrated dry Albarino with white stonefruit and white floral flavours on a fine-textured palate with presence and taut acidity. Match with seafood over the next 2-3 years. 100% Albarino, hand-picked from ‘Rosie’s Block’, WBP and fully indigenous yeast fermented in stainless-steel with 20% in neutral puncheons to 12.5% alc. and 7.3 g/L RS, TA 7.5 g/L and pH 2.92. 258 cases made. 18.0/20 Feb 2018 RRP $33.00

Neudorf Moutere Nelson Dry Riesling 2016

Riesling from New Zealand – Nelson


Full straw-yellow colour with pale lemon-gold hues, lighter on the edge. The nose is elegantly concentrated and intense with penetrating aromas of lime fruit entwined with hints of toast and suggestions of honeysuckle, along with thirst-quenching mineral detail. Dry to taste and light-medium bodied, the palate has a soft and rounded core with concentrated lime fruit and an amalgam of florals, honeysuckle and toast, unveiling mineral nuances. The palate is underlined by refined phenolic textures providing good linearity, and integrated acidity giving positive drive. The wine carries to a gentle, lingering finish. This is a softly concentrated dry Riesling with a rounded core of lime, floral and subtle toasty notes, on a fine, linear palate. Serve as an aperitif or with Asian fare over the next 4-5 years. Fruit from ‘Rosie’s Block’, WBP and fully indigenous yeast fermented in stainless-steel with 20% in neutral puncheons to 11.5% alc. and 8.0 g/L RS, TA 8.3 g/L and pH 2.94. 236 cases made. 18.5/20 Feb 2018 RRP $29.00

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