Nelson is the sunniest viticultural region in New Zealand. Relatively isolated, it has never developed into large scale production but several wineries have established an excellent reputation for quality. Prime amongst these is Neudorf, created by pioneers Tim & Judy Finn back in the late 1970s. The winery buildings have developed steadily since 1980, and so has the reputation of this excellent producer specialising predominantly in Chardonnay and Pinot Noir. Their flagship wines are designated by the subregion of Moutere.The Neudorf estate, lying on a mix of glacial outwash clay, now represents 12ha, though buys in fruit from a further 30ha (of managed vineyards). The viticulture is sustainable "lutte raisonnée" with organic practices being introduced since 2008. The wines are all made with minimal intervention; hand harvesting, wild yeast, low S02 and soft, supporting oak.
What The Critics Say
96/100 Anne Krebiehl MW
"Poised, elegant, crushed velvet in vivid shimmering notes of red and purple."
94/100 JamesSuckling.com, Nick Stock
"Deeply spicy, darker fruits and earthy notes are matched with a handy, sappy thread. Lots of aromatic layers here. The palate's unashamedly built on clay-driven tannins. Reliably shaped and building through to the finish. all darker cherries here."
94/100 Cameron Douglas Master Sommelier
"Mineral and ripe, light red fruit led bouquet, sily, stony soils, smoke and spices oak, definitive complexity."
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