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
92/100 Bob Campbell MW (2015 vintage)
"Neudorf has re-branded their regular Chardonnay with this label dedicated to Rosie Finn, daughter of owners Tim and Judy Finn. It is predictably delicious with the Neudorf signature of taut elegance and subtle minerality. An ethereal texture and lingering finish add appeal. An accessible wine that’s delicious now, but no rush. 4/5/2016"
4.5 Stars Michael Cooper (2015 vintage)
"The 2015 vintage (4.5*) replaces the former Neudorf Nelson Chardonnay label, which was easily confused with the famous Moutere Chardonnay. Hand-harvested in Rosie's Block and other Moutere sites, it was fermented with indigenous yeasts and lees-aged for 10 months in French oak casks (15 per cent new), and given a full, softening malolactic fermentation. Fragrant, weighty and savoury, it has generous, youthful stonefruit and smoky oak flavours, a minerally thread, excellent complexity and a finely poised, long finish. Drink now or cellar."
5 Stars and 18.5/20 Raymond Chan (2015 vintage)
"Pale golden-yellow colour with lemon-green hues. The nose is finely concentrated with fresh aromas of ripe yellow stonefruits entwined with mealy notes, creamy barrel-ferment and nutty oak, and complexing flinty and minerally lees notes in a harmonious amalgam with lemon-curd MLF and oak toast. The nose has an underlying steely intensity. Medium-bodied, the palate is elegantly concentrated with flavours of white and yellow tonefruits melded with flinty lees, nutty and creamy oak with subtle toast elements and nuances of lemon-curd MLF. The wine is taut with fine, grainy textures and crisp, lacy acidity forming a positive line. The mouthfeel is brisk and refreshing, and carries to a long, tightly bound finish with stonefruit and nutty notes. Match with seafood, poultry and pork over the next 4-5 years. Clones Mendoza, 15, 95, 8021 and 548 from ‘Rosie’s Block’, the ‘Home Block’ and small lots from other Moutere sites, hand-picked, WBP, and indigenous yeast barrel-fermented with high solids to 14.0% alc., the wine aged 10 months in 15% new French oak with batonnage and 100% MLF. 2,355 cases made. 18.5/20 Apr 2016 RRP $33.00"
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