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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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  • Te Mania Estate Ltd

    Te Mãnia is a family-owned Nelson winery, located near the beautiful coastline of Tasman Bay. Ou...

  • Fossil Ridge

    Fossil Ridge is a family owned and managed vineyard offering affordable award winning boutique wi...

  • Moutere Hills Vineyard

    This is a truly boutique-size winery situated amongst the picturesque hills near Nelson in the wa...

  • Neudorf Vineyards

    1978 and the New Zealand fine wine industry was almost non existent. We (Tim and I) pioneers-b...

  • Kaimira

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  • Orinoco Vineyards

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  • Waimea Takutai Sauvignon Blanc Nelson New Zealand 2009

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    Lime aroma, the taste of genuine SB, well-balanced, good one Read More

    Wine review by alanb1108


  • Trout Valley Pinot Noir Nelson 2008

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    Such a good drop, my absolute favourite wine. Read More

    Wine review by alanb1108


  • Richmond Plains Sauvignon Blanc 2011

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    Less intensely herbal than many NZ Sauvies with more orchard fruit and sage, topped with notes of oregano. This is also rounder, lusher and softer than many examples, with a little less verve and ripe fruit that tends to the peachy end of the spectrum. 87pts Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • Te Mania Sauvignon Blanc 2011

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    Fresh on the nose and full of cut grass and jalapeño but with balance and an earthy base of golden kiwi fruit. Bright on entry and medium bodied, with plenty of retained CO2 adding a light spritz. This has nice intensity of fruit. High acid makes this fairly dry, though the ripeness shows some peachy character. The acid really drives the finish ... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • Neudorf Sauvignon Blanc Nelson 2011

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    Kiwi at first and then almost apricot, with pear and white orchard fruits covered with lime leaf and grapefruit pith notes. Super bright and very fine on entry with very clear grapefruit and passion fruit flavors. Fine acid adds length with a little old wood here adding roundness. Theres a nice return on the finale of pithy though sweet fruit. ... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  •  I can't help it, I like lists! And since we are on the cusp of the ... mahi mahi.10. Neudorf Nelson Chardonnay 2009A perennial favorite (on any list actually), this stunningly perfect New Zealand Chardonnay makes a great match with anything you might drizzle butter on … a wine with both richness and nervosité.Has anyone tried these or another... Read More

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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


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