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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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  • Sauvignon Blanc

    Sauvignon Blanc is widely grown in California -- at over 15,000 acres, it’s now the third most planted variety -- and...

  • Muscat Hamburg

  • Chardonnay

    British wine writer and critic, Jancis Robinson, once noted that throughout the 80’s and 90’s in the United States, C...

  • Pinot Noir

    “With so voluptuous a perfume, so sweet an edge, they make the blood run hot,” Joel Fleischman, wine columnist at Van...

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  • Neudorf Vineyards

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

  • Moutere Hills Vineyard

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

  • Anchorage Wines NZ Ltd

    Now one of the Nelson region's longer established wine companies, Anchorage Wines has taken a ste...

  • Orinoco Vineyards

    Located on top of the Moutere hills near Nelson, our unique vineyard produces intensely flavoured...

  • Fossil Ridge

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

  • Rimu Grove Winery Ltd

    Rimu Grove Winery was founded in 1995 in the rolling hills above the scenic Waimea Estuary. The ...

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  • Te Mania Nelson Pinot Noir 2009


    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


    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


    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


    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


    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


    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


    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

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz

  • Trout Valley Upper-Moutere Hill Nelson Riesling 2008


    This wine has good fruit aromas, in the range of what one would expect of a dry Riesling. Same with the taste. The components seem to be there, but, to me it falls flat of it's comrades (and competitors) in similar regions in Alsace, Germany, and Austria. Not as crisp as I would expect in the price range. Read More

    Wine review by winejaunt

  • Trout Valley Riesling Nelson 2008


    Excellent, German style flinty Read More

    Wine review by verara

  • Neudorf Chardonnay Moutere 2009


    No written review

    Wine review by markebo

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