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Neudorf ‘Rosie’s Block’ Chardonnay 2017

20 April,2018

From the 2015 vintage, the Neudorf Nelson Chardonnay has been named ‘Rosie’s Block’ after founders Tim and Judy Finn’s daughter Rosie. Following overseas experience, Rosie has returned home to the Upper Moutere to take an active role in working in the business. As a consequence, I understand that her mother Judy especially has (had to?) relinquished some of her duties. Knowing Judy’s work ethic, I don’t know if it has been easy for her to let go some of the responsibilities, but it is happening, and I find I am increasingly dealing with Rosie regarding the marketing issues in particular. I’m sure that Judy will enjoy more free time to follow interests that she had not been able to commit to previously!

The ‘Rosie’s Block’ Chardonnay has a wonderful pedigree, and I have found the quality to be up with some of the country’s premium bottlings, even though it sits second to the Neudorf ‘Moutere’ Chardonnay. The wine indeed utilises a high proportion of fruit from ‘Rosie’s Block’, a vineyard site established by the Beuke family who were descendants of the original German settlers in the Upper Moutere district. The Finns obtained the vineyard in 1999 and it is now planted to 7.76 ha, 78% to Chardonnay, 14% to Riesling and 8% to Albarino. The Finns planted in 1999 and added more vines in 2003, 2009 and 2013. It is north-facing, overlooking the Neudorf ‘Home Block’, on Moutere clay gravels, and is dry farmed and organically run. Here, I review the new ‘Rosie’s Block’ Chardonnay.


Neudorf ‘Rosie’s Block’ Nelson Chardonnay 2017

Chardonnay from New Zealand – Nelson


Bright yellow colour with light green-gold hues and some depth, a little lighter on the edge. The nose is soft and elegantly packed with aromas of yellow stonefruits in a subtle amalgam with complexing mealy notes and delicate, creamy barrel-ferment and nutty oak entwined with hints of flinty lees and mineral suggestions. This has layers of detail and interest. Medium-full bodied, the palate has elegantly concentrated, gently rich and succulent flavours of stonefruits, citrus fruits and tropical fruits, melded with mealy elements and layered with creamy and nutty oak. The fruit richness and depth is balanced by fresh, lacy acidity, and the wine forms a fine core with drive and linearity. The wine carries to a long finish with flint and mineral detail. This is an elegantly concentrated, complex layered and detailed Chardonnay with subtly rich fruit on a fresh palate. Match with seafood, poultry and pork over the next 4+ years. Clones Mendoza, 15, 95, 8021 and 548, from ‘Rosie’s Block’, the ‘Home Block’ and small amounts from other Moutere sites, WBP and fully indigenous yeast barrel-fermented with high solids to 13.5% alc., the wine aged 10 months on lees in 15% new French oak with batonnage and 100% MLF. 19.0-/20 Apr 2018 RRP $33.00

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