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Neudorf Moutere Pinot Gris 2017

28 June,2018

Neudorf now only makes one Pinot Gris, the ‘Moutere’. having discontinued the ‘Maggie’s Block’ from contract fruit as of the 2016 vintage. Like most growers, Tim and Judy Finn came to Pinot Gris later than the other classical varieties, planting at the start of the 1990s. For quite some time, there were two Pinot Gris wines made: the more conventional ‘Maggie’s Block’, and the ‘Moutere’ which was made with a view to ‘natural balance’. This meant that the Moutere wine fluctuated in residual sugar and alcohol degree to some degree, and there were different, but interesting inputs made. Talking to assistant winemaker Simon McGuire, he says the style has progressed, with earlier picking becoming a feature, and slowly reducing residual sugars, while retaining moderate alcohol. Much depends on how the wild ferment is guided, and of course achieving natural balance. The Moutere Pinot Gris is a limited production wine made from approx. 1.5 ha from the ‘Home Block’ and around 2 ha from the ‘Flaxmore’ block. Here, I review the new release 2017 Moutere Pinot Gris. www.neudorf.co.nz

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Neudorf Moutere Nelson Pinot Gris 2017

Pinot Gris from New Zealand – Nelson

18.5+/20

Bright straw-yellow colour with lemon-green hues, a little lighter on the edge. The nose is soft and elegant in expression unfolding layers of detail with white and yellow stonefruits, pears, hints of honeysuckle, nuances of exotic florals and subtle flinty, minerally and nutty notes. This has finesse and piquancy and grows in depth and concentration with aeration. Dryish to taste and medium-full bodied, the palate has a very refined, concentrated, but rounded core with flavours of white stonefruits along with an amalgam of pears, white florals and subtle, flinty, mineral and nutty detail. The fruit has vitality and is enlivened by fresh, lacy acidity, and the wine flows with excellent energy along a soft-textured line, leading to a taut, lingering finish. This is an elegantly concentrated, refined, but intense off-dry Pinot Gris with vibrant, detailed flavours of stonefruits, pears, florals and minerals on a lively palate. Match with seafood and poultry over the next 4+ years. Hand-picked fruit, clones 457, 2/15, 7A and Mission, from the ‘Home’ and ‘Flaxmore’ blocks, WBP and indigenous yeast fermented in tank with 20% in neutral puncheons to 13.5% alc., and 6.4 g/L RS, the wine aged on lees with no batonnage. 18.5+/20 Jun 2018 RRP $29.00

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