autumn at neudorf
Neudorf Vintage 2016 is over.
It finished on April 4th – Neudorf’s earliest ever finish. Todd Stevens reports –
“A vintage which would be unkind to sloppy viticulturists, luckily Mike Saunders had everything under control and the fruit was in good nick.”
There is never a “normal season” when dealing with mother nature but if there was this certainly WOULD NOT be it !
Cold winter, slow bud burst, spring droughts, warm summer nights and the odd rain event towards harvest left most perplexed. Oh yeah, there was also a hail storm to remind us of our Burgundian friends !
The most interesting growing season I have ever experienced … kinks and turns at every corner, and one that grew more grey hairs and wrinkles than one could hope for. In short, we threw away the harvest hand book and went more on feel than science. The right thing to do with the benefit of hindsight.
So, what of the wines, The dust is still settling and I tend to play my cards close but under duress I would say “ripe but with lower alcohols, elegance with a textural approachability”. Of course, they are still in their infancy and like most infants are prone to change. ”
And in other news….
We’ve renamed one of our chardonnays and dedicated it to our daughter – Rosie.
Neudorf Rosie’s Block Chardonnay 2015 is now available
Previously this wine was simply Neudorf Chardonnay – a sister wine to the iconic Neudorf Moutere Chardonnay. We think the new name, like our daughter, is admirable.
Todd says the name reflects the block overlooking the Home Vineyard at Neudorf. “The mature vines on Rosie’s Block are dry farmed, under organic conversion on north facing Moutere clay-gravel slopes. Parcels from other Moutere hill sites are included in the wine which displays the classic Neudorf stamp of crystalline mineral acidity, pure directional flow and ageability.”
Jamie Goode (The Wine Anorak) has a similar view here.
“It is all about structure at Neudorf, we play down winemaker “noise” in favour of letting the site and the variety speak. Todd says Neudorf has a world-wide reputation for superb Chardonnay and this wine is part of that heritage.” And Rosie is chuffed to have a wine dedicated to her. Currently working in the wine trade in London she says her roots are in the Moutere.
Neudorf Rosie’s Block Chardonnay is exported to the United Kingdom, United States, Denmark, Sweden, Australia, Germany as well as selling in fine restaurants through New Zealand.
“I haven’t been offered the role of international ambassador for the wine yet – I might have to work a bit harder on the parents,” says Rosie.
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