Neudorf has re-branded their regular Chardonnay with this label dedicated to Rosie Finn, daughter of owners Tim and Judy Finn. It is predictably delicious with the Neudorf signature of taut elegance and subtle minerality. An ethereal texture and lingering finish add appeal. An accessible wine that’s delicious now, but no rush. 92 points, Bob Campbell, 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. I really like this wine – it’s precise and detailed and should age beautifully. 94 points, Jamie Goode (UK).
Pale golden-yellow colour with lemon-green hues. The nose is finely concentrated with fresh aromas of ripe yellow stonefruits entwined with mealy notes, creamy barrel-ferment and nutty oak, and complexing flinty and minerally lees notes in a harmonious amalgam with lemon-curd MLF and oak toast. The nose has an underlying steely intensity. Medium-bodied, the palate is elegantly concentrated with flavours of white and yellow stonefruits melded with flinty lees, nutty and creamy oak with subtle toast elements and nuances of lemon-curd MLF. The wine is taut with fine, grainy textures and crisp, lacy acidity forming a positive line. The mouthfeel is brisk and refreshing, and carries to a long, tightly-bound finish with stonefruit and nutty notes. This is an elegant and complex, stonefruit and flinty-flavoured Chardonnay with a brisk, taut and textural palate. Match with seafood, poultry and pork over the next 4-5 years. 18.5/20 points, Raymond Chan (NZ).
Five different clones were hand harvested, fermented with wild yeasts and blended to create this buttered-crumpet-smelling Chardonnay, which quickly unveils a backbone of grilled nectarine and grapefruit pith alongside deliciously textural, creamy almond characters in the mid palate. It’s a juicy, cheek-puckering style that pretty much makes everything you consume with it positively bounce around in your mouth. Fresh, elegantly structured, all-round niceness from these Nelson pioneers. Yvonne Lorkin (yvonnelorkin.com).
This replaces the former Neudorf Nelson Chardonnay label, which was easily confused with the famous Moutere Chardonnay. Fragrant, weighty and savoury, it has generous, youthful stonefruit and smoky oak flavours, a minerally thread, excellent complexity and a finely poised, long finish. Drink now or cellar. Michael Cooper (NZ).