Neudorf stood for fine quality in the Nelson region when neighbouring Marlborough was a fraction of the size it is now. Yet while Marlborough has expanded rapidly wine quality in Nelson has been advanced by Neudorf and just a few others dedicated to maximising the quality of the fruit in their vineyards. Moderately high densities and relatively low yields play a part in producing wines with good concentration but which aren’t overworked in the winery. There is a fine Sauvignon Blanc from local Moutere fruit. A rich, complex Moutere Chardonnay has been successful too and is a good deal better than most Marlborough examples. Sometimes showing a botrytis influence, it is deep, powerful and if not subtle can be impressively complex with a little age. A second Chardonnay is more widely sourced, while a perfumed Moutere Riesling with floral and mineral aromas has been consistently good. Pure, silky Pinot Noir has become a Neudorf speciality, the fine Moutere example surpassed by a Moutere Home Vineyard version. A little Pinot Gris has also been made along with a well priced additional Pinot Noir Tom’s Block.
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