Tim and Judy Finn planted their first vines in 1978, alongside the tiny hamlet of Neudorf, established by German settlers in 1842. While the Finns initially earned an international reputation for their concentrated, minerally Chardonnay and taut, racy Riesling, it is their elegant and complex Pinot Noir which has attracted recent attention.
The vines spill down a gentle north-facing slope overlooking of the Moutere Valley, at the top of New Zealand's South Island. Shallow sandy loam overlays a draining clay subsoil based on the weathered gravels of an ancient river system. The virgin soil is of naturally low fertility and the gravely clay retains enough moisture to support grapevines through the dry summer months.
Commitment to sustainable viticulture includes a soft-spray regime combined with soil management that enhances structure and organic matter. Neudorf is a foundation member of the New Zealand Sustainable Viticulture group.
In the vineyard a combination of high plant density (up to 5000 vines/hectare) and low production (down to one kilo/vine) produces the fruit concentration and palate length characteristic of the label. Shoots are thinned, and fruit is dropped at verasion to achieve the required crop level and uniformity of ripeness.
Delicate and attractive with quite a reductive style, including attractive gun flint notes. The fruit on the palate has excellent weight and a little touch of spritz to maintain freshness. Attractive and affordable, a delicious kiwi chardonnay that’s ready to drink now.
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Name Neudorf Nelson Chardonnay Country New Zealand Region Nelson ABV% 14% Vintage 2011 Grape Variety 100% Chardonnay Size 750ml Dietary Information No