Neudorf Moutere 2017 Albarino and 2016 Dry Riesling


When Tim and Judy Finn started Neudorf Vineyards in the late 1970s, they planted a fruit salad of varieties, as most winegrowers in a new region would do, to determine the most successful performers. For many, that success is measured in yield. For the Finns, wine quality was the criterion. Thus began a consolidation of the different grape varieties to Chardonnay and Pinot Noir, which are the flagships for the company today. However, Riesling, Sauvignon and more recently Pinot Gris are regarded with esteem. These varieties have been joined by Albarino, with 0.5 ha planted in 2012 in ‘Rosie’s Block’, yielding its first wine with the 2015 vintage. The initial quantities have been minuscule, but with the 2017 vintage, quantities are such that the Albarino wine can be commercialised. I certainly believe that of all the emerging varieties in New Zealand, Albarino has arguably the brightest future. It will be exciting to see where the Neudorf team take it. Here, I review the 2017 Albarino, along with the 2016 Dry Riesling, both in the ‘Moutere’ tier, the latter wine one of the original and mainstay aromatic whites for Neudorf. www.neudorf.co.nz


  • Neudorf Moutere Nelson Albarino 2017
  • Neudorf Moutere Nelson Dry Riesling 2016

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