Our mud-brick barn is full of memories. It houses our wine library and stores bottles from each vintage. It also stores reminiscences of people, weather, heartache and celebration stretching back 34 years.
But we have run out of room and something has to give – it is time for us to downsize our cellar.
So we are offering some precious, well aged, older wines, starting with a unique six vintage, vertical collection of Neudorf Moutere Noir . This sold out immediately and the next collection will feature a run of six Neudorf Moutere Home Vineyard Pinot Noirs. We hope to have this out and organised late July.
In the meantime note we have moved onto Neudorf Tom’s Block Pinot Noir 2013 for release in all markets- a wine described by Jancis Robinson MW as ” Not burgundy but so much drier and more interesting than the NZ PN norm. Mineral finish. Very charming.” We feel this is an exciting wine at very good price point.
Vintage 2015 is done and dusted. We picked our last remaining grapes on April 8th – our earliest completion in 34 harvests. Winemaker Todd Stevens describes 2015 as “ an uncomplicated vintage with the young wine at this stage displaying elegance, vibrancy and purity, and a certain European edge. We are seeing lower alcohols and are quietly predicting a classic vintage.”
Each vintage carries a certain stress and some hilarity. Traditionally on the last day we have the “Celebrity Pick” where the entire staff including the office and shop team pick up secateurs and get amongst the vines. This year it was the trial block of Albarino, and I’ve got to say the “real” pickers were not overwhelmed by the efforts of their new team mates.
Post harvest the nets are put away and then it is “quiet time” for the vineyard crew – jobs that get left undone in the rush and excitement of vintage become worthy of our attention. Richard’s vineyard team are replacing posts, uprooting damaged vines and marking out trials for the coming year. Grass is being sown, trees are being planted.
Tim and I will soon travel to Europe for our agents’ Annual Portfolio tasting and to catch up with Rosie and The New Zealand Cellar. They have just opened their new “Pop Up” retail shop – the only retailer in London dedicated to New Zealand wine and we (and the rest of the kiwi industry) wish them all the best. (www.thenewzealandcellar.co.uk).
The cellar door is now closed for winter. We re-open in September from Monday to Friday and we are open every day from October 1st. We look forward to pouring you our new releases.
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