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Nelson is a small, but prolific wine region located at the northern tip of New Zealand’s South Island, on the eastern shores of Tasman Bay. The wineries surround the town of the same name, located either in the plains southwest of town or in the hills of Upper Moutere. While it does see more rainfall than nearby Marlborough, there is still ample sun exposure for grape ripening in the warm growing season. 
 
The clay soils lend characteristics to the wines produced primarily from Pinot Noir, Sauvignon Blanc, Riesling, and Chardonnay. Dry red, white, rosé, sparkling and sweet styles are produced, including late harvest botrytis (noble rot) Riesling dessert wines. The wines from the more hilly areas, where there is the most sun exposure tend to be more concentrated, while the ones from lower lying areas are more floral and acidic. 
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  • Pinot Noir

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  • Chardonnay

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  • Sauvignon Blanc

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  • Kahurangi Estate Ltd

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  • Anchorage Wines NZ Ltd

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  • Richmond Plains Nelson Pinot Noir 2010

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    Super stemmy, earthy initial blast on the nose fine soil tones, a nice flush, dry herbs, a bit sweet and fruity bit chunky, great acid savory coco tinged light black cherry fruit, bit of bacon, maple smoked bacon, tight little finish, honest feel to this wine Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • Te Mãnia Estate Nelson Pinot Noir 2009

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    Tight, floral, perfumed, fine seeds, green anise seed, earth, real green floral tone, a bit chamomile, opulent and lost velvety, rich seamless, fine raspberry fruit, bright and fresh gentle herbal accent, strawberry tops, super ripe tannins, bright acids. fine length, Little shy on the Nose. Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • Neudorf Pinot Noir Nelson Tom's Block 2009

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    Smells like a handful of freshly turned soil. Little pine nuts, floral, raspberry, a bit spicy, perfumed with fresh fruit and forest floor character, bright, fine cut, tense, nice sage accents up front, lingonberry, raspberry, fine tannins, succulent, slightly drying, little stern, not a fruity style but fruity aromatics, little flower stem roma... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • Te Mania Nelson Pinot Noir 2009

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    Darker, meatier, a bit more herb and earth, nice fine sage edge, pretty ripe feeling ripe tannins, savory and yet sweet at its core, very light on the palate even if this shows impressively ripe flavors, decent length, turns rather strawberries and strawberry seeds on the finish, quite varietal, definitely turns lighter and brighter on the palat... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • Kaimira Pinot Noir Nelson 2009

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    Lovely, earthy, herbal, wiry toasted spice nose, green and ripe, strawberry tops. Bright and vivid in the mouth, very spicy herbal quality, plenty of sage, soft ripe tannins, integrated acids, finishes a touch short but still aromatic, spicy, green peppercorn. Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • Neudorf Home Vineyard Pinot Noir Nelson 2010

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    More depth, dry, face powder, black cherry skin, soil, shale, a touch of herbal spice, a bit of wood sweetness, a. Optical le step up in density, getting very close to premier cry burgundy here, fine density, sappy, liquory fruit, dense but not weighty, long, very fine and refined. Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • Neudorf "Moutere" Pinot Noir Nelson 2010

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    Tight. Fine, perfumed, a bit of obvious oak, very focused nose, fine dried herbs, almost a touch of lavender, tender one try, silky, fairly rich background note of blackberry, black raspberry, bit of mint, supple tannins, bright, firm classy finish, long fresh black raspberry fruit finish, very Burgundian bit of licorice on finish. Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • Neudorf Chardonnay Moutere 2010

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    This is low and tight on the nose with slow to emerge notes of almond husk, dried apple fruit and a touch of toffee. The aromas are gentle but distinct and well-balanced, lending this a fine, elegant feel. In the mouth this is bright with real verve and energy. The oak is prominent but well integrated, with fruit that remains very much in the ci... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • Te Mania Nelson Chardonnay 2009

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    Pretty full barrel fermented nose here with lots of fresh oak-derived aromas accenting slightly roasted apple fruit. This is a touch a buttermilky in the mouth with an opulent, soft texture and a supple easy character. Notes of toasted bread dough on the mid-palate add some complexity that builds with layers of lime oil and red apple fruit on th... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • Neudorf Chardonnay Moutere 2010

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    Waxy yellow apple aromas emerge over toasty, vanilla cream and lightly gingery base notes. On the palate this is bright and intense with ripe fruit, but at the same time light and focused. This does turn a little creamy on back end, but the wildly bright and vibrant nature of this is fleshed out a bit by the creaminess. This finishes with long, ... Read More

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