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Neudorf Vineyards - Moutere Pinot Noir 2015


  • Country: New Zealand
  • Wine Maker: Todd Stevens
  • Grape: Pinot Noir
  • Grape Percentage: 100%
  • Alcohol Percentage: 14%
  • Unit Quantity (ml): 750
  • Best To Drink: Drink Now - 2020
Duty/Vat Paid
WA: 92+ (2011) JR: 17 (2010) WE: 93 (2010) JG: 93 (2008) BC: 96 (2011) MC: 5 Stars (2011) RC: 20 (2011)

Wine tasting notes

Succulent; a whirl of flavours race around the palate before settling down to a persistent, refined finish .......which carries through and through and through. A mouth - watering blend of mineral characters, apple and lemon, with subtle bran and roasted nuts. The Neudorf hallmark of restrained power is there, with elegance, complexity and a little flintiness to keep the wine alert. Still young, it already shows a wholeness and completeness, which is satisfying. But certainly a wine deserving of a little patience. Our reputation for fine Chardonnay stretches over 30 years, and each vintage puts performance pressure on the vineyard team ......but once again, with vintage 2011, Richard, his team and nature have nailed it

Winery Information

Neudorf Vineyards

Neudorf is New Zealand's greatest wine producer, according to Tom Stevenson's Wine Report 2009 and was named by New Zealand critic Raymond Chan as his Winery of the Year for 2012.Judy and Tim Finn planted Neudorf Vineyards in Upper Moutere Nelson in 1978, before the fine wine industry was established in New Zealand. Fresh from the ?back to the land? movement of the late sixties, they had a vision to produce beautiful wine. These days the pair are joined by winemaker Todd Stevens and.. read more

Expert Reviews

Wine Advocate/Robert Parker (2011)92+ pts #203 Oct 2012 - Lisa Perrotti-Brown - The 2011 Moutere Chardonnay offers a lovely grapefruit, lemon and orange blossom nose with an undercurrent of crushed stones, shaved almonds and meal. Medium to full-bodied, it has a great concentration of toasty / citrusy flavors in the mouth with a creamy texture, refreshing acid line and a long, layered finish. Still very tight-knit and youthful, it should drink best 2013 to 2018+. (2010)17 pts

Tasted July 2012 - Pale gold. Very marked acidity indeed. A trace of leesiness and a bone dry, slightly chewy finish. Attractive smokiness. I can quite understand the message on the back label, 'loves oysters on the shell'. Serious, still quite austere stuff. A touch of nectarine fruit but nothing remotely flabby about this. I'd hold it quite a while; should age beautifully but it's a little austere for the moment.

Wine Enthusiast (2010)93 pts

Subtle toast and roasted cashew notes accent a wonderfully harmonious blend of stone fruit and citrus in this perennial favorite. It’s medium to full in body and round without being fat or soft, long on the finish without being overly shrill or crisp. And it has a track record for aging well for up to 10 years or more. — J.C. (4/1/2014)

Jamie Goode (2008)93 pts

Taut, toasty nose is lively and fresh with some citrus and nut character. Crisp and bold in the mouth with lovely fresh complexity and a lively, intense personality. One for the long haul.

Bob Campbell MW (2011)96 pts

Tasted alongside Neudorf's excellent Nelson Chardonnay this wine shows a real step up in concentration and complexity. It's surprisingly accessible with warmer, richer tones than I remember from earlier vintages and perhaps softer, broader acidity. It's less of a burgundy lookalike (as it often is) and more of a rich, sumptuous Nelson wine made by the country's top Chardonnay producer.

Michael Cooper (2011)5 stars

uperbly rich but not overblown, with arrestingly intense flavours enlivened with fine acidity, this rare (716 cases in 2011), multi-faceted Nelson wine enjoys a reputation second to none among New Zealand Chardonnays. Grown in clay soils threaded with gravel at Upper Moutere, it is hand-harvested from mature vines, fermented with indigenous yeasts, and lees-aged, with regular stirring, for a year in French oak barriques and puncheons (33 per cent new in 2011). The 2011 vintage (5*) has a fragrant, mealy, slightly nutty bouquet. The palate is weighty and rich, with layers of peachy, citrusy, spicy, faintly buttery flavours, a minerally streak, very finely integrated oak and a tight, long finish. Already enjoyable, it should be at its best from 2014 onwards.

Raymond Chan (2011)20 pts

Brilliant straw-yellow colour with light gold and lemon hues, light on rim. This has an extremely refined nose of excellent intensity, showing beautifully pure, mineral-laced stonefruit and citrus aromas that unfold to reveal complexing nuances of gunflint lees work interwoven with mealy, nutty elements. Full-bodied, richly concentrated and succulently ripe citrus fruit flavours show with a complex mealy-nutty amalgam. The palate flows seamlessly with fine creamy barrel-ferment textures and perfectly balanced oak spicing. Flinty nuances add another dimension to the layers of flavour. The wine is beautifully poised with refined textures and crisp, lacy acidity that carries the flavours to a very long, sustained finish featuring mealy, nutty and minerally notes. This is a beautifully refined, seamless, complex-flavoured and sophisticated Chardonnay to delight in over the next 5-7 years. Serve with firm seafood, rich poultry and pork dishes. Old Mendoza clone Chardonnay fruit from the ‘Home Block' hand-picked and WBP, then indigenous yeast fermented to 14.0% alc., the wine aged 12 months with lees stirring in 33% new French oak, including 500 L puncheons. 716 cases made. 20.0/20 Aug 2012

Vinification Notes

Processing: 100% whole bunch press. No or minimal settling. Fermentation: 100% wild, high solid fermentation Fermentation Vessel: 100% barrel fermentation – 30% new, French Oak – medium toast Maturation: 12 months on full lees with monthly battonage until completion of malo. Followed by 4 months, on fine lees, in stainless steel tank.