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
5 Stars Michael Cooper (2018 vintage)
"The distinctive, very pale pink 2018 vintage (5*) was made from Pinot Noir, hand-harvested at two sites at Upper Moutere, in Nelson. Fermented with indigenous yeasts in tanks (80 per cent) and barrels (20 per cent), it's a 'serious' but delicious rosé, fully dry, with peachy, slightly spicy and strawberryish flavours, showing notable depth, complexity and harmony."
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