New Year, New Vintage
We are bottling some 2014s before starting to pick in late March. We now release three new wines – Neudorf Moutere Pinot Gris 14 (FIVE STARS from Michael Cooper), Neudorf Moutere Pinot Noir 2013 (FIVE STARS from Michael Cooper) and Neudorf Moutere Riesling DRY 14 (FIVE Stars from Raymond Chan – a stellar trio.
Daughter Rosie has headed back to London after three glorious weeks of Nelson sunshine and some serious fishing action in Tasman Bay. Her Christmas surprise was to find one of our vineyards carrying her name.
The hill block around the corner on Rosedale road, source of Neudorf Moutere Riesling, a good portion of Neudorf Chardonnay, and the terroir driven “Neudorf 25 Rows Chardonnay”, has become Rosie’s Block. Her avid support for the continuation of the “25 Rows of Chardonnay” trial makes the vineyard selection apposite.
Following a cooler than normal spring and dodgy fruit set, the El Niño influence is taking hold in the vineyard with hot dry conditions beginning to slow growth.
Viticulturist Richard Flatman had his summer team busy tucking in shoots to keep the canopy open, and is aware of the danger of removing too many bunches with such a variable set. At this stage it looks like we will have a naturally balanced crop without much need for thinning. It will be a smaller crop this year.
The Vineyard crew has put in long hours trimming, tucking, mowing, and finally covering the vines in bird-netting as the sugars rise, and we try to head off the Starlings and Thrushes.
Michael Cooper’s Buyers Guide to NZ Wine 2015 gives us Five Stars for Neudorf Moutere Chardonnay, Neudorf Chardonnay, Neudorf 25 rows Chardonnay, Neudorf Moutere Pinot Gris, Neudorf Moutere Riesling, Neudorf Pinot Rosé, Neudorf Moutere Pinot Noir and Neudorf Home Vineyards Pinot Noir. And in this week’s Listener he says “Neudorf Maggie’s Block Pinot Gris is already delicious and reveals greater complexity and richness than most Pinot Gris “ A creditable line up for the team.
Enjoy the cricket as we head towards Autumn and Easter.
PS Our Cellar Door is open every day 11 am until 5.00pm – you will be guided by Cameron, Maria and Rachel. We are closed Good Friday and closed until 1.00pm on Anzac Day.