Neudorf – Tasting at Neudorf

2010 Neudorf Nelson Chardonnay Nelson

Waxy yellow apple aromas emerge over toasty, vanilla cream and lightly gingery base notes. On the palate this is bright and intense with ripe fruit, but is light and focused. This does turn a little creamy on back end, but the wildly bright and vibrant nature of this is fleshed out a bit by that creaminess. This finishes with long, sapid, solid citrus fruits and a touch of peach. A lovely wine that manages to be rich and fruity without being too fruity. Tt remains transparent right through the gently quartzy finale. Long and very fine. 92pts

2010 Neudorf Moutere Chardonnay Nelson

This is low, and tight on the nose with slow to emerge notes of almond husk, dried apple fruit and a touch of toffee. The aromas are gentle but distinct and well balanced, lending this a fine, elegant feel. In the mouth, this is bright with real verve and energy. The oak is prominent but well integrated. Fruit that remains very much in the citrus end of the spectrum adds resin and stony notes on the finale with just a soft suggestion of vanilla. This is intensely flavored in a sort of extracted way, but the texture ends up feeling polished, round and frankly airy. Really a superb wine. 95pts

2009 Te Mania Chardonnay Nelson

Full barrel fermented nose here with lots of fresh oak-derived aromas accenting slightly roasted apple fruit. This is a touch buttermilky in the mouth with an opulent, soft texture and a supple, easy character. Notes of toasted bread dough on the mid-palate add some complexity that builds with layers of lime oil and red apple fruit on the back end. This finishes with nice length in a decidedly dry style, with good balance.  90pts