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Neudorf ‘Rosie’s Block’ Chardonnay 2016

18 April,2017
The Neudorf ‘Moutere’ label is a contender for the best Chardonnay made in this country, with its impressive track record stretching back to the mid-1980s. The lessons learnt in the adventurous winemaking over the decades with this wine have seen the most positive of the techniques incorporated in the growing of grapes and the making of the more affordable tier of the Neudorf Chardonnay. Once just called plainly the ‘Nelson’ Chardonnay, it now bears the name ‘Rosie’s Block’, alluding to the incorporation of fruit from a vineyard block named after founders’ Tim and Judy Finn’s daughter Rosie. As Rosie has grown and now become a sophisticated person, the wine has done likewise. Here, I review the 2016 ‘Rosie’s Block’ Chardonnay, from a challenging vintage that has produced elegant and approachable wines. www.neudorf.co.nz

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Neudorf ‘Rosie’s Block’ Nelson Chardonnay 2016

Chardonnay from New Zealand – Nelson

18.5+/20
Even straw-yellow colour with some depth and pale golden hues on the rim. This has a gently full and voluminous nose with harmoniously interwoven aromas of white and yellow stonefruits, creamy barrel-ferment and nutty oak notes, and subtle flinty complexities and oxidative suggestions that unfold in detail and layers. Medium-full bodied, the palate has a rich and deep heart, packed with layered flavours of yellow stonefruits entwined with nutty and creamy oak, and subtle notes of flint and minerals, with oxidative hints, all melded with harmony. The palate has some alcohol power and drive, and the wine flows smoothly along a fine-textured line, enlivened by balanced, refreshing acidity. The finish is long and sustained, showing stonefruits and nuts. This is a harmoniously rich and layered Chardonnay with complex stonefruit, nutty and creamy oak and flinty minerals on a positive, fine-flowing palate. Match with seafood, poultry and pork over the next 4 years. Clones Mendoza, 15, 95 8021and 548 Chardonnay from ‘Rosie’s Block, the ‘Moutere Home Block’ and other small Moutere lots, WBP, and indigenous yeast barrel-fermented with high solids to 13.5% alc., the wine aged 10 months in 15% new French oak on lees with batonnage and full MLF. 18.5+/20 Apr 2017 RRP $33.00
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