Neudorf Vineyards

Neudorf Vineyards, Nelson, Tim and Judy Finn

Neudorf, in the context of NZ, are a mature producer. The first vines were planted over thirty years ago and they now know what varieties work best for the soil and climate. Tim’s quiet and scientific approach in all aspects of the winemaking allows the wines to show true expression of their terroir and varietal character. He has a very light touch on his wines. Judy on the other hand adds the brightness and bubbles to the operation. They are a very good team and have huge respect from all the other producers we met. We walked around the vineyards surrounding the winery and snuck under the nets to taste the ripeness of the Mendoza Chardonnay fruit while Tim explained to us the issues with Scott Henry training systems, especially as the vineyards are now operating organically. This is a new development and there are lots of positives in the vineyard already although the real results are yet to be seen in the bottle. Time will tell.
Riesling Brightwater 2010
Appealing lime and citrus fruits, lovely weight in the mouth created by a longer period on the lees which helps the structure and mouthfeel. Long elegant finish of subtle citrus and tropical fruits. Just off dry.
Sauvignon Blanc 2011
Attractive gooseberry nose with hints of tropical fruit. Good weight on the palate and a long citrus and tropical fruit finish.
Very fine and superbly balanced SB.

Pinot Gris 2011 Maggie’s Block
Maggie’s Block is owned by Maggie, hence the name although Tim looks after the vineyard as if it was his own. A recent development is that a small portion of this wine goes into big oak puncheons which is a neutral oak but helps add texture and mouthfeel. Wonderful spiced pear aromas, textured palate with good minerality and balanced by ripe fruits and spice on the finish.

Pinot Gris Moutere 2011
Slightly sweeter, broader nose with hints of tropical fruit. Concentrated ripe pear fruits with an off-dry palate and a long finish of spice.

Nelson Chardonnay 2010
This used to be the young vines blend but now the vines are mature, it is a stand-alone wine. Ripe, opulent peach and apricot fruits subtly wrapped with a coat of vanilla. The palate was light with melon, apricots and ripe fruit flavours.
Very elegant with a gentle roasted nut character finish. The two Chardonnays we tasted were a prime example of Tim’s approach to winemaking, which allows the wine’s fruit flavours to express themselves rather than the oak.

Chardonnay Moutere 2010
Predominantly from the oldest Chardonnay vines. Very concentrated ripe melon, apricot fruit flavours with a hint of orange blossom. Much more weight in the mouth yet perfectly balanced. The oak use is so light, it is almost undetectable. Winemaking at its best. Long classy finish.

Riesling Moutere 2010
Zingy, limey citrus fruits. Luscious in the mouth and a long floral finish. Simply delicious.

Pinot Noir Tom’s Block 2010
Bright, lifted red berry fruits with hints of violets. Layers of spicy red berry fruits on the palate. A good layer of minerality and long dark fruit finish. Quite exceptional.

Pinot Noir Moutere 2010
Ripe, wild dark berry fruits. Intense and concentrated with a delicious streak of sexy sweet red fruits! Layers of “garriguey” red and blackberry fruits and a long finish. Again, an exceptional wine and Tim thinks that 2010 will be one of his best vintages of Pinot Noir.
This was a quite brilliant visit and tasting of some of the best wines we have tasted here in New Zealand. They are truly world class.

Don’t miss Tim’s video!
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Posted on 29/03/2012
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