Neudorf 2013 Nelson and Moutere Chardonnays

Tim and Judy Finn have an incomparable track record with Chardonnay in New Zealand, making wines from the variety since 1981. The Neudorf Moutere Chardonnay is arguably this country’s finest example. I rated the 2011 vintage a perfect 20.0/20 in August 2012 (click here to see my review), and tasting the wine recently, it is still magnificent. Tim and Judy have not rested on their laurels, and are always improving their expression of the variety. The quality of the more accessible and up-front Nelson Chardonnay has risen over the years, and it is regularly rated as highly as the premium and ‘Reserve’ wines under other labels (click here to see my review of the 2012). In August this year, Neudorf released their inaugural ‘Twenty Five Rows’ Chardonnay, wine relying on fruit expression rather than winemaker inputs, and it is a wonderful alternative (click here to see my review). It is not only the quality of these different bottlings, but the continued and consistent excellence of the wines that makes Neudorf Chardonnay exceptional. This reflects the great attention to detail in the vineyard and the winery, and the Finns are quick to acknowledge the efforts of their viticultural and winemaking team led by Richard Flatman and Todd Stevens. Here, I review the new 2012 Nelson and Moutere Chardonnays.


  • Neudorf Nelson Chardonnay 2013
  • Neudorf Moutere Nelson Chardonnay 2013

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