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bottleRBCH15-smedVintage 2015 sold out – vintage 2016 available mid March.

Wild Yeast, No Fining

“Very fresh ‘green’ notes on the nose. All fruit – no excess leesiness or sweetness. Very crisp and racy. Super-refreshing. Youthful but already drinkable. Really clean and bracing. Lemon syllabub notes. Medium weight; carries its alcohol well.” Jancis Robinson MW

“Very lean and citrussy. Pure and quite mineral with a fine spiciness. It’s still primary with very direct lemony flavours and keen but well integrated acidity. Amazing finesse: so taut with nascent complexity. Drinking well now but will get better with a few years in bottle. 94/100” Jamie Goode, The Wine Anorak United Kingdom

Dedicated to Tim and Judy Finn’s daughter Rosie. This is the first vintage under the new nomenclature. The fruit is largely from Rosie’s Vineyard overlooking the home block. The soils are similar – gravel threaded clays which need no irrigation and are under organic conversion. The wine is still reassuringly Neudorf – wonderfully ripe fruit, coated with muesli notes but underscored by a refreshing wet stone kick. The nose combines some white fruits with complex oatmeal and almond notes. After these generous notes the palate is initially silky but then we can see the nervy tension. This adds excitement to the fruit core and keeps the structure in check. As always with Neudorf Chardonnays – structure is paramount. It is all about the winemaker holding a fine line and not painting over the taste of the fruit from a very special piece of land.

“Fragrant, weighty and savoury, it has generous, youthful stonefruit and smoky oak flavours, a miner-ally thread, excellent complexity and a finely poised, long finish. Drink now or cellar. FOUR & HALF STARS” Michael Cooper, New Zealand Wine Guide

“Scented of white peaches, honeysuckle, brioche and a hint of ginger, the 2015 Chardonnay Rosie’s Block is medium-bodied and tightly wound at this youthful stage, delivering wonderful stone fruit intensity and freshness, finishing long and minerally.” Lisa Perrotti-Brown MW

 

 

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