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
Winemaker notes on current 2017 vintage
"It is not often we struggle writing tasting notes. This wine stumped us. We just wanted to drink it. Okay we said, focus - then slowly the team admitted to finding crushed cranberry, a hint of mandarin, a nuance of Lady Grey tea leaves (oil of Bergamot), someone mentioned fine talc, another whispered watermelon, still another saw hints of Aperol spritz. Pale rose petal colour with an enticing textural entry. The grapes were dry farmed from the organically managed lower slopes of Tom’s Block. Bunches were gently pressed on a Champagne cycle within an hour of being picked – so had very little skin contact."
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