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Neudorf Pinot Gris Nelson Maggie's Block 2010

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Smell pear and quince and some fresh baking. An opulent wine with a suite of characteristics working in harmony. Intense ripe fruit flavours with an underlying biscuity, mealy character. Very full flowing entry with textural depth and ripe fruit flavour. And delicately handled phenolics (so often a problem in Pinot Gris – that bitterness on the end palate). Long, smooth lingering finish with refreshing minerality. Immensely drinkable and sits alongside so many dishes – great with white cheeses, Thai- inspired dishes; the delicious round, full character embraces so many flavours.Drink this summer but do not be frightened of cellaring it for up to four or five years.

Region: New Zealand » Nelson

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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

Smell pear and quince and some fresh baking. An opulent wine with a suite of characteristics working in harmony. Intense ripe fruit flavours with an underlying biscuity, mealy character. Very full flowing entry with textural depth and ripe fruit flavour. And delicately handled phenolics (so often a problem in Pinot Gris – that bitterness on the end palate). Long, smooth lingering finish with refreshing minerality. Immensely drinkable and sits alongside so many dishes – great with white cheeses, Thai- inspired dishes; the delicious round, full character embraces so many flavours.Drink this summer but do not be frightened of cellaring it for up to four or five years.

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