Neudorf Moutere Nelson Pinot Noir 2012

Pinot Noir from New Zealand - Nelson
Review Date : 15-Oct-2016
Winemaker Todd Stevens has had Mike Saunders as the Neudorf viticulturist for a year now, Mike previously with Esk Valley. However, neither had a hand in this wine, being which was made by John Kavanagh. The 2012 was held back for release, the 2013 following the 2011, as it was deemed to need time to come together. Old clone fruit, fermented without whole clusters, the wine spending 11 month in 30% new oak. Deepish ruby-red colour, now with a little garnet. This has a deep and concentrated nose, solid in presentation, but beginning to round out, showing harmoniously integrated savoury secondary note and layers of complexing interest. Rich-fruited, this is still tightly held, the fruit underlined by lively acidity and fine-grained tannins. Though savoury, this has a purity of line with excellent drive. 18.5+/20 Oct 2016 RRP $65.00 Full, dark, deep ruby-red colour with slight purple hues, lighter on edge. The nose is elegantly refined with tightly bound aromas of beautifully detailed dark red berry and black cherry fruits, revealing subtle dark herb, black and violet florals and minerally notes from the concentrated core. Medium-full bodied, the palate is still tightly held, but showing beautifully succulent and sweetly ripe black fruits and minerally notes and complexing herb and earthy detail. The tannin extraction is very fine, and provides a seamlessly integrated framework underlining the fruit. The mouthfeel is poised with discreet acidity enhancing the vitality of the flavours. Beautifully balanced, the palate has great linearity, carrying the flavours to a very long and sustained finish. This is a beautifully refined and seamlessly concentrated Pinot Noir with black fruits and minerally complexity. It has the structure to develop over the next 8-10 years. Serve with lamb, beef, venison and hard cheeses. Hand-picked fruit, clones 5, 10/5, 667, 777, 113 and Abel from the Neudorf ‘Home’ block and the ‘Pomona’ vineyard, from vines 15 – 33 y.o., fully destemmed and indigenous yeast fermented to 13.5% alc., the wine aged 12 months in 23% new French oak, then given a further 4 months on lees in tank. 614 cases made. 19.0+/20 Jul 2014 RRP $54.00

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