pinot noir at neudorf
Neudorf Pinot Noir often attracts more attention overseas than here in New Zealand:
“One of the most distinctive, consistent and complex pinot noir wines made in New Zealand. Brilliant focus, length and purity. This is right on form. 96pts”— Nick Stock — jamessuckling.com(USA)
“Neudorf is on my list of world class Pinot producers in New Zealand” – Tim Atkin MW (UK)
“There is none more elegant than Neudorf Moutere Pinot Noir; they coax the essence and metaphysical “pinosity” out of Pinot Noir, the Antipodean equivalent of Chamboille-Musigny, and currently my favourite wine of this style in the Southern Hemisphere.” — Curtis Marsh, Hong Kong Standard
So I asked Neudorf winemaker Todd Stevens his opinion
“It is fair to say Pinot Noir is a variety that we take much pride in at Neudorf; we see it as a worthy sibling to our more celebrated Chardonnay. Although the kudos given to Neudorf Pinot can often match that bestowed on the Chardonnay, it’s time in the spot light does not. It seems to wait patiently in the wings, only to occasionally catch you unawares … a gentle reminder that great Pinot Noir too can be made here in the Moutere Hills.”
“For me there has always been a focus on density, structure and complexity with our Pinots. They age well and typically possess a transparency – the ability to display the core of the wine while retaining power and presence. You could argue that they go against the grain of the stereotypical NZ pinot … fruit opulent, lush drinkable wines, but attractive nonetheless. Jancis Robinson MW echoed these thoughts recently when she commented on our Pinot having “….more interest than your average NZ Pinot“. It was a nice reconfirmation that we are hitting the right notes”.
“On a broader note I attended the NZ Pinot Noir workshop in Hamner earlier in the year and it struck me how there was a change of direction taking place with many of the producers. There was a definite slant towards more restraint and focus as opposed to the extracted somewhat heavy wines of the past … a “less is more” attitude. In a lot of ways more transparency … which got me thinking – maybe we are becoming more mainstream”.
So maybe the time has come for a wider appreciation of the complex styles produced in these deep Moutere clay gravels, over and above the primary fruit which drives so much of the broader Pinot market in New Zealand.
Explore Neudorf Pinot over several vintages with our Pinot Pack –
Our 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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Keep warm – Judy