New releases from Neudorf, Nelson, New Zealand

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Just tried a lovely set of new releases from leading Nelson winery Neudorf.

Neudorf Rosie’s Block Chardonnay 2016 Nelson, New Zealand
13.5% alcohol. This has lovely richness, but because it’s combined with a zippy freshness, it’s not overblown. Fine spicy notes complement the ripe tangerine, lemon and pear fruit, with some mealy depth and there’s nice weight and structure. The acidity is high but well integrated, and there’s a crystalline quality to the citrus fruit that forms the base of this wine. Finishes long and fresh, with potential for development. 94/100

Neudorf Moutere Chardonnay 2016 Nelson, New Zealand
From Moutere clay/gravels, this is organically farmed with no irrigation. Wild ferment and natural malolactic with 12% new oak. Unfined and unfiltered. Finely spiced with keen citrus fruit and good acidity, this is tightwound and complex, showing precise flavours of pear, lemons and a bit of grapefruit pith. There’s a bit of warm spiciness from the oak, but it’s very well integrated. With high acidity and restrained fruit ripeness, this has all the ingredients needed for happy development in bottle over the next 10 years. Great concentration and intensity, but no heaviness. Currently very tight and backward, as you’d expect. 94/100

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Neudorf Tom’s Block Pinot Noir 2015 Nelson, New Zealand
13.5% alcohol. Unfined and unfiltered. Clay/gravel soils from sites in the Moutere hills. This has a seductive nose with floral, tar and herb notes as well as sweet black cherry fruit. The palate has sweet dark fruits but also a brooding, more savoury character. It’s expressive and a bit grippy on the finish, balancing the sweet fruit with savoury notes in a really attractive way. 92/100 (UK retail c. £21)

Neudorf Single Vineyard Pinot Noir Moutere 2015 Nelson, New Zealand
13.5% alcohol. From the clay/gravel slopes of the Neudorf home vineyard, this is wild yeast fermented and aged in French oak for 12 months. Unfined and unfiltered. There’s a warm perfume to this wine with notes of cinnamon and dried herbs hiding behind the sweet cherry and plum fruit. Lovely texture in the mouth, showing a silky elegance but also some savoury spiciness. There’s fresh cherry fruit, some cedary spice and some hints of meat and herbs. This could be a nice mid-term ager, but it’s already drinking quite well. 93/100 (UK retail c. £31)

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