Neudorf Vineyards 2010 Pinot Noirs

12-Mar-2012

Cooler growing seasons suit certain varieties, and 2010 has provided some beautifully aromatic red wines around the country. Some regions seem to thrive on conditions that are near disastrous for others. Such are the vagaries of weather and the fortunes of agriculture. In Nelson, John Kavanagh, winemaker at Neudorf Vineyards reports "Probably the best vintage I have seen, 2010 Pinot Noir had an excellent low cropping growing season with high early summer heat and then a near perfect dry autumn. The season started cool, but went into a small heat wave in January with just enough rain in February to keep the vines healthy. Dry mild autumn weather allowed a longer hang time in 2010 and delivered Pinot Noir with excellent colour and tannin ripeness. The fruit was able to get beautifully ripe without developing too much sugar. The Pinot Noirs all have depth, complexity and an appealing ripeness combined with typical Moutere characters.” Neudorf Vineyards have released their 2010 ‘Tom's Block' and ‘Moutere' Pinot Noirs, and are reviewed here. The ‘Home Vineyard' Pinot Noir will follow in June this year. As these wine figure among New Zealand's most interesting, terroir reflective and high quality Pinot Noirs, they will be essential to collect and ponder. Enjoyment naturally follows. These 2010s have great style. www.neudorf.co.nz


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