2013 Neudorf Chardonnay

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An enthralling nose of white magnolias, oat biscuits, raw cashew nuts and a final flick of matchstick flintiness. This complex compote draws you into a palate with textural interest and a reminder of the wine’s pedigree. Discreet but definite structure flows through evenly to a superbly attenuated finish, with a final flourish of Meyer lemon squeeze. A wine to cellar with confidence. The continued reputation of this wine is in no small part based on the wine’s ability to stay precise and lively for many years after release.
The wine is made from 100% Mendoza grapes, a clone which offers both small and larger berries giving a complex range of ripeness. The fruit was hand-picked and fermented in 25% new French oak. 100% malolactic ferment on gross lees was followed by four months on fine lees.

Vintage 2013 offered a long, warm and dry summer followed by an erratic autumn – which kept us all on our toes. The superb summer months laid an excellent foundation for the fruit, and this Moutere Chardonnay is cast in the classic Neudorf Mould.

“This is one of the most impressive examples of the country’s leading Chardonnay labels that I have yet tasted. It’s a power-packed wine with a seductively smooth texture. Guaranteed to age brilliantly as its many predecessors clearly indicate.”
98/100 Five Stars Bob Campbell MW

“One of NZ’s best - this is an aromatic, textured, beautifully balanced white with seamless oak integration.”
94/100 Tim Atkin MW

“This powerful chardonnay has stonefruit characters with creamy notes. It has depth, length and balance now, but will build greater complexity in bottle.”
94/100 Ralph-Kyte Powell, The Age

“A gorgeous nose redolent of apricot, lemon curd and green mango plus nuances of honeyed toast, cashews and struck match. Medium-bodied, it is still very tight and youthful w ith great intensity, a lively acid backbone, and a long and layered finish”
92+ Lisa Perrotti-Brown MW

“Superbly rich but not overblown, with arrestingly intense flavours enlivened with fine acidity, this rare (660 cases in 2013), multi-faceted Nelson wine enjoys a reputation second to none among New Zealand Chardonnays”.
FIVE STARS SUPER CLASSIC Michael Cooper’s Wine Guide 2015

Vineyard Detail
Vineyards: Neudorf Home Block, Moutere, Neudorf Hill Block, Moutere
Variety: 100% Chardonnay
Clonal Selection: Mendoza
Hand Harvested: 100%
Soil Type: Moutere clay gravels
Vintage Detail: A long warm dry summer followed by an erratic Autumn. Although this will be re-membered for a difficult harvest the long warm summer prior to the rain events did ensure sufficient ripeness.

Winemaking Detail
Harvest: 2nd – 11th April 2013
Harvest Analysis: 23.2 – 24.2 brix, 3.04 – 3.15 pH
Processing: 100% whole bunch press. No or minimal settling.
Fermentation: 100% indigenous, high solid fermentation
Fermentation Vessel: 100% barrel fermentation (25% 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
Malolatic: 100%
Fining: None
Filtration: Coarse

Technical Detail
Bottling Date: 9th July 2014
Bottling Analysis: 14.0% Alc, 3.28 pH, 6.4 g/L TA, Dry
Cases Bottled: 661