Neudorf 2011 Moutere and Moutere Dry Rieslings
I have fond memories of visiting Eitelsbach Karhauserhof in the Ruwer in 2005, and after a magnificent tasting of a large selection of the wines, presenting Christoph Tyrell with a Neudorf Moutere Riesling 2003, which I deemed to be one of the finest and most distinctive Rieslings in the country at the time. We were horrified when we saw Herr Tyrell taken aback when he noticed the wine was sealed with a screwcap. We had some explaining to do on why New Zealand had recently adopted screwcap technology.
I didn't recount this tale on a recent trip to Neudorf Vineyards in late July. The visit gave me the opportunity of a long-due catch-up with owners Tim and Judy Finn, and meeting new winemaker Todd Stevens just as he was about to begin his tenure there. (Click here to read by Blog article on the visit.) There, I was served two Moutere Riesling wines from the 2011 vintage, which impressed me immensely, a ‘Moutere Dry' and a ‘Moutere' which had the normal, noticeable residual sugar. This is the first time that Neudorf have released a ‘Dry' for over a decade, the previous being the 2000. The comparison between the two styles is fascinating. My full review of the two wines follows. www.neudorf.co.nz
FEATURED WINES IN THIS REVIEW
Neudorf Moutere Nelson Riesling Dry 2011Riesling from New Zealand - NelsonReview Date : 06-Aug-2012Fruit from the ‘Rosedale Road' vineyard, hand-picked and undergoing extensive sorting and selection, WBP and fermented with inoculated yeasts to 12.0% alc. and 8.95 g/L rs, a TA of 7.9 g/L and a pH of 2.75. Bright, very pale straw yellow with slight green hues, pale on rim. The bouquet is pristine and pure with delicate aromas of limes, white florals and minerals, along with a little sherbet lift, all with a steely, minerally depth. Dry to taste, this is beautifully refined in texture, the palate showing delicate and pure flavours of limes and minerals which flow seamlessly through the palate line. Restrained acidity lends a soft vitality, and carries through to a very long, lively finish with lime and minerally notes. This dry Riesling has exceptional purity and finesse. Serve as an aperitif or with subtle seafood dishes over the next 5-6+ years. 240 cases made. 19.0/20 Aug 2012 RRP $23.50
Neudorf Moutere Nelson Riesling 2011Riesling from New Zealand - NelsonReview Date : 09-Feb-2013Fruit from the ‘Rosedale Road' vineyard, WBP and stainless-steel fermented with 10% in old oak by indigenous yeasts to 9.0% alc. and 48.2 g/L rs, the wine aged on lees. Very pale straw colour with slight green hues, this has a very funky, packed nose with considerable flinty, minerally reduction, somewhat masking the fruit initially. With air, delicate citrus fruit and white florals emerge. Medium-dry to medium in taste, the palate is taut, but concentrated with intensity and real linear drive. Beautifully lush and poised flavours of limes, florals, minerals and flint dance across the palate, with detail and tension provided by fine, lacy and near zesty acidity. The finish is very long. This will develop greater richness and intensity over the next 5-6 years. 18.5+/20 Feb 2013 Brilliant colour, very pale straw-yellow with some green hues, near colourless on edge. The nose is full, voluminous and broadly expressed with aromas of flint-like lees and reduction, smoky wild yeast elements, unfolding layers of citrus fruits, an array of floral perfumes and slate. Medium-sweet to taste, this has beautiful waves of flavour, with white florals, limes and minerals along with flint and smoke, forming a complex, interwoven palate. The balance is exquisite with very fine, soft textures allied to fine acid drive which leads to a very long and subtly luscious finish with nuances of honey. This is an intricate and detailed Riesling in the classical Rheingau style of Germany. Serve as an aperitif or serve with fine Asian fare over the next 4-6 years. Fruit from the ‘Rosedale Road' vineyard, hand-picked, undergoing extensive sorting and selection, WBP and indigenous yeast fermented, 10% in a seasoned barrel, to 9.0% alc. and 48.2 g/L rs, a TA of 8.4 g/L and a pH of 2.65. 240 cases made. 19.0+/20 Aug 2012 RRP $29.90