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Neudorf Moutere Chardonnay 2016

08 September,2017
Tim and Judy Finn make one of the finest Chardonnays of New Zealand and have a track record stretching back to 1981 with the variety. The Moutere Chardonnay is Neudorf’s flagship wine, and is a representation of the Moutere clay-influenced soils and the terroir of the Upper Moutere sites, as well as old vine Mendoza clone fruit, some vines over 35 y.o. A number of talented winemakers have had their direct hand in making the wine, with Todd Stevens the incumbent. But founder Tim Finn has had an overall guiding hand, and this has resulted in a seamless evolution of the style to greater finesse, elegance and complexity. Of course vintage plays a significant role in the final wine, and 2016 was an intriguing and atypical, rain-affected growing season yielding "physiologically ripe wines at lower sugars and moderate acidity”. The wines are of "elegance, rather svelte in stature, and approachable” say the team at Neudorf. Here is my review of the wine.


Neudorf Moutere Nelson Chardonnay 2016

Chardonnay from New Zealand – Nelson

Bright straw-yellow colour with light golden hues, paler on the rim. The nose is elegant in proportion with a tightly bound core showing complex layers of white and yellow stonefruits, subtle mealy notes, creamy and nutty barrel-ferment elements with some oak toast and smoke. The nose ha freshness allied to intensity, revealing mineral suggestions that lend finesse. Medium-full bodied, the palate is rich and well-concentrated with a complex layering of white and yellow stonefruits with citrus fruit and mealy detail, along with nutty lees and oak. Subtle flint and mineral nuances add interest. The palate has vibrancy and vitality, with underlying power, along with fresh, lacy acidity underlining the fruit. The concentrated core has good linearity and fine textures, and the wine carries to a long and sustained finish of stonefruits and nuts. This is a well-concentrated, rich, complex layered Chardonnay with stonefruit, mealy and nutty notes on a fresh, vibrant palate. Match with grilled and roasted seafood, poultry and pork over the next 5+ years. Mendoza clone fruit from the Neudorf ‘Home’ and ‘Rosie’s’ blocks, Upper Moutere, WBP and fully indigenous yeast barrel-fermented with high solids to 13.5% alc., the wine aged 12 months on lees in 11% new French oak, with batonnage and 100% MLF, then given a further 4 months on lees in tank. Certified BioGro organic. 439 cases made. 19.0/20 Sep 2017 RRP $74.00
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