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Neudorf Chardonnay Nelson 2007

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Since founding the estate in 1978 on the north-facing slopes of the Moutere Valley, at the top of the South Island, Tim and Judy Linn have created an international reputation for all their wines: Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, Sauvignon and Riesling. The vineyards are dry farmed on gravelly, clay-rich soils. Nelson is one of the sunniest parts of New Zealand and the warm summers, extending into cooler autumn nights, produce intense and rich-textured wines. The Chardonnay resembles perhaps more closely Burgundy than anything else from New Zealand. This Chardonnay has an elegant and linear quality reminiscent of fine Chablis. Pale daffodil green yellow in the glass. This wine has vibrant ripe fruit notes on the nose leading into a palate of fresh crusty bread and peach kernel with a finish of river-stone minerality. A wine of individuality and complexity. Open a cool bottle, start shucking oysters and begin humming.

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Neudorf Vineyards:
1978 and the New Zealand fine wine industry was almost non existent. We (Tim and I) pioneers-bigwere fresh from the “back to the land” movement of the late sixties. We wanted to make beautiful wine. We figured Tim’s masters in Animal Behaviour along with my unimpressive journalism career would be beneficial. Wrong. However we did have youth (temporary), self belief (unwarra... Read more
1978 and the New Zealand fine wine industry was almost non existent. We (Tim and I) pioneers-bigwere fresh from the “back to the land” movement of the late sixties. We wanted to make beautiful wine. We figured Tim’s masters in Animal Behaviour along with my unimpressive journalism career would be beneficial. Wrong. However we did have youth (temporary), self belief (unwarranted) and friends. At one stage we had four mortgages and three jobs each. Because there was so little known about basic viticulture in New Zealand we planted many varieties to see which ones were best suited to our soils. Merlot came and went as did Cabernet Sauvignon, Chenin Blanc and the dreaded Muller Thurgau. We were a bit hasty in rejecting Gewürztraminer and may look at that again. But we did it. We, and a whole heap of people – neighbours, family, friends and some fantastic staff. Each left a mark and many have gone onto work in bigger wineries or plant their own vineyard. Today 31 years later and we never feel we have it all sorted. We built our winery in 1980 with the intermittent help of a young chippie from down the road, using macrocarpa milled on site. Adapted from the orginal stables (circa 1850), it has been described by one writer as “an elegant shed” and houses the wine bar, office and white winery. At the back is a vineyard garden featuring an enormous Acer Negundo – perfect for climbing. Read less

Editorial Reviews for Neudorf Chardonnay Nelson

Snooth User: Gregory Dal Piaz
89065220,937
4.50 5
12/09/2010

Reserved aromatically though, with air, motes of green melon and lemon curd emerge from the glass with gentle suggestions of flowers, minerals, machine oil and a hint of flinty smoke adding subtlety. In the mouth this is very precise and fairly firm, with a modest scale but real ethereal feel. The flavor profile is reserved and balanced with a nice minerally earth base and gorgeous bitter apple fruits that reverberate on the long finish. Lovely. 92pts


External Reviews for Neudorf Chardonnay Nelson

External Review
Source: Premium Wine & Spirits
01/10/2013

A full-bodied, flamboyant version of this benchmark bottling, the 2007 verges on too much, with lush tropical fruit framed by smoky notes and finishing spicy and slightly warm. Unlikely to have the longevity of the 2008, itandrsquo;s a bold, extroverted Chard ideal for drinking over the next year or two.


External Review
Source: Premium Wine & Spirits
01/10/2013

The 2007 Moutere Chardonnay has a very refined bouquet with notes of dried pineapple, dried mango and apricot, all with great precision. The palate has a creamy entry but the oak is well judged with good acidity. Touches of butterscotch inflecting the minerally finish. Superb length andmdash; this is a classy number.


External Review
Source: Prestige Wine & Spirits
03/26/2013

The 2007 Moutere Chardonnay has a very refined bouquet with notes of dried pineapple, dried mango and apricot, all with great precision. The palate has a creamy entry but the oak is well judged with good acidity. Touches of butterscotch inflecting the minerally finish. Superb length — this is a classy number.


External Review
Source: Prestige Wine & Spirits
03/26/2013

A full-bodied, flamboyant version of this benchmark bottling, the 2007 verges on too much, with lush tropical fruit framed by smoky notes and finishing spicy and slightly warm. Unlikely to have the longevity of the 2008, it’s a bold, extroverted Chard ideal for drinking over the next year or two.



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Since founding the estate in 1978 on the north-facing slopes of the Moutere Valley, at the top of the South Island, Tim and Judy Linn have created an international reputation for all their wines: Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, Sauvignon and Riesling. The vineyards are dry farmed on gravelly, clay-rich soils. Nelson is one of the sunniest parts of New Zealand and the warm summers, extending into cooler autumn nights, produce intense and rich-textured wines. The Chardonnay resembles perhaps more closely Burgundy than anything else from New Zealand. This Chardonnay has an elegant and linear quality reminiscent of fine Chablis. Pale daffodil green yellow in the glass. This wine has vibrant ripe fruit notes on the nose leading into a palate of fresh crusty bread and peach kernel with a finish of river-stone minerality. A wine of individuality and complexity. Open a cool bottle, start shucking oysters and begin humming.

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