Neudorf 2012 Nelson Chardonnay and Tom’s Block Pinot Noir

18-Nov-2013
All of the wines that are released under Tim and Judy Finn’s ‘Neudorf’ brand are exemplary. There’s a lot of thought and detailed work from managing the fruit on the vines to the winemaking and bottling, and if the standards are not kept and the styles agreed upon, I’m sure the wine won’t appear on the market. Tim and Judy make no secret of the admiration for the work of viticulturist Richard Flatman and winemakers Todd Stevens, Simon McGuire and John Kavanagh (who has since left for a position at Te Kairanga) in how the final wines turn out. They certainly punch above their weight, and the more affordable ‘Nelson’ designated tier is as good as the top labels from most other wineries. I regularly rate the ‘Nelson’ Chardonnay and ‘Tom’s Block’ Pinot Noir as 5-star wines. Early in their lives, they can even be more appealing than Neudorf’s more complex and structured Moutere bottlings. Here I review the new 2012 vintage wines, the vintage being a small one in terms of quantity, but big in concentration and finesse. www.neudorf.co.nz

FEATURED WINES IN THIS REVIEW

  • Neudorf Nelson Chardonnay 2012
  • Neudorf ‘Tom’s Block’ Nelson Pinot Noir 2012

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