Based on old (20–25-year-old) plantings of Pommard clone, this fabulous wine blends savory, spicy scents with floral elements on the nose, then delves deep into black cherries in the mouth. Rich and velvety on the palate, with powerful fruit and the structure to age. One of the best New World Pinots I’ve ever tasted.
A top-notch offering, this combines ample weight and richness with an impression of focus and purity. It’s smoky and subtly toasty on the nose, seamlessly marrying those notes with apple, peach and citrus flavors. Long, lingering and very fine on the finish. Drink now–2017.
The 2008 Moutere continues the run of success Neudorf has been on, offering delectable hints of buttered toast alongside subtle peach notes and grilled nuts. It’s medium to full in body, but reined in by crisp acids, with a long, mouthwatering finish. Drink now–2015, perhaps longer.
Pricy, but this is one of NZ’s top Chardonnays, and production is quite small. Subtle smoke and toast accent peaches and custard, but despite the lush aromas and plumpness, strong citrusy acids keep it all in balance. Lemon and lime last forever on the finish, rounded out by a toasty, mealy note.
Neudorf seems to do almost everything well, and the winery’s efforts with Riesling off the Moutere clays are no exception. It’s made in a light- to medium-bodied style, off dry, with crisp notes of lime, green apple and wet stone that linger on the mouthwatering finish.
This wine’s beautifully complex aromas include hints of brown sugar, cinnamon, dried herbs and flowers, all swirling around a core of cherry fruit. It’s medium-bodied and supple in the mouth, yet it retains a sense of power and sinewy acids that should make it drink well for 5–8 years.
Broad, mouthfilling and rich, filled with aromas and flavors of melon and ripe red apples. Picks up hints of dried spice on the finish, along with a modestly tannic quality. Imported by Epic Wines.
Not quite as special as the Moutere bottling, but Neudorf’s Nelson Chardonnay, which contains mostly Moutere fruit, is still a standout. Toasty, pineapple aromas are more obvious than those in Moutere, and the wine is slightly less textured but carries more upfront tropical and peach fruit. Ends on a spicy, oaky note. Drink now-2010. Imported by Epic Wines.