Neudorf 2014 ‘25 Rows’ and ‘Nelson’ Chardonnays

22-Jun-2015
One of this country’s greatest wines, the Neudorf Moutere Chardonnay has a pedigree that stretches back over three decades. The consistency the wine achieves its stylish richness and layers of complexity ensures it is a world-class example of the variety. It reflects mature Mendoza clone vines, established in the sympathetic Moutere Hills environment, and the careful viticultural guidance and sensitive winemaking of the Neudorf Vineyards team led by Tim Finn. Neudorf excels on its other expressions of Chardonnay as well, with the more accessible ‘Nelson’ Chardonnay now coming to rival its senior Moutere Chardonnay sibling. It employs more than just Mendoza clone and draws fruit from several sources. Regarding this wine, it is due for a new name, and will change from ‘Nelson’ Chardonnay soon. And recently, Tim and Judy Finn have introduced their take on minimally oaked Chardonnay, their take on the ‘Chablis-style’, named ’25 Rows’ Chardonnay, which has instantly received critical acclaim. It appears that Neudorf understand the variety extremely well! Here, I review the new 2014 ’25 Rows’ and ‘Nelson’ Chardonnays. (At the time of writing, the 2014 Moutere Chardonnay is still in barrel.) The wines show great elegance. www.neudorf.co.nz

FEATURED WINES IN THIS REVIEW

  • Neudorf ‘Twenty Five Rows’ Nelson Chardonnay 2014
  • Neudorf Nelson Chardonnay 2014

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