Organically Grown. Dry Farmed. Wild Yeast. Unfined.
“Neudorf Moutere Chardonnay 2015 .14% alcohol. Complex, intense lemon and grapefruit with some rich pear notes, as well as subtle mealiness. There’s spicy, mineral notes as well as freshness, with a lemony core. This wine walks the tightrope between richness and precision really well. It’s so pure with a vital tension, and a bit of spice on the finish. Lots of potential for development here. 94/100.” Jamie Goode’s Wine Blog
“A classic Neudorf Moutere Chardonnay style with the power, purity and character that mark this as an exceptional wine. I awarded the 2014 vintage 100 points and opened a bottle of the earlier vintage to see how it compared. Stylistically both wines are very similar, but the 2014 has greater concentration and more precision. This is certainly a great chardonnay in the Burgundy mould and showing clear cellaring potential. 98 Points” Bob Campbell MW
People may remember the buzz when gymnast Nadia Comaneci was awarded the first perfect score for gymnastics at 1976 Olympics.
Tough act to follow.
It’s the same for this release of Neudorf Moutere Chardonnay 2015, a year after Bob Campbell MW gave his first perfect score (100 points) to the 2014 vintage. This 2015 wine reflects proudly her Neudorf heritage, a line of fine Chardonnays stretching back to 1981, with international recognition from 1991. Vintage 2015 delivers classic stature with the serenity and confidence
we have come to expect from Moutere Chardonnay. It may be an understatement but the “house style” delivers the same tautness and intensity year after year. Rich but not blowsy. Powerful but not bullish. Quiet but not forgettable. Self-assured but not stagey. Cohesive, aristocratic, and harmonious. You are gently sucked into a vortex of ripeness, restrained oak, precision and poise.
The fruit is hand-picked from some of the oldest vines on the home block, and pressed slowly and gently to barrel. The juice undergoes a natural yeast fermentation followed by a full malolactic conversion; it picks up little in the way of buttery characters, rather it exhibits an harmonious gain in texture and complexity. Bottled without fining and minimal filtration.
“Chardonnay, too, reaches Burgundian levels of pristine complexity in the hands of producers such as Neudorf.” — David Williams, The Guardian UK 10 September 2015
“I have a thing for Kiwi Chardonnay. Its day will come. It doesn’t currently get the respect it deserves, but with wines like these from Neudorf, and the stunning wines of Kumeu River and others, things will change.” Jamie Goode’s Wine Blog
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