Neudorf Moutere Chardonnay 2016

Tim and Judy Finn make one of the finest Chardonnays of New Zealand and have a track record stretching back to 1981 with the variety. The Moutere Chardonnay is Neudorf’s flagship wine, and is a representation of the Moutere clay-influenced soils and the terroir of the Upper Moutere sites, as well as old vine Mendoza clone fruit, some vines over 35 y.o. A number of talented winemakers have had their direct hand in making the wine, with Todd Stevens the incumbent. But founder Tim Finn has had an overall guiding hand, and this has resulted in a seamless evolution of the style to greater finesse, elegance and complexity. Of course vintage plays a significant role in the final wine, and 2016 was an intriguing and atypical, rain-affected growing season yielding "physiologically ripe wines at lower sugars and moderate acidity”. The wines are of "elegance, rather svelte in stature, and approachable” say the team at Neudorf. Here is my review of the wine. www.neudorf.co.nz


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