Tim Atkin MW, UK 2017 Vintage
Neudorf Moutere Chardonnay
Harmonious / Silky / Sophisticated
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Organically Certified BioGro 5438 | Moutere Clay Gravels | Dry Farmed | Low Cropping | Single Vineyard | Hand Harvested | Wild Ferment | Natural Spring Malo | Barrel Fermented (12% New) | Unfined | Vegan
One of the joys of Chardonnay is its ability to produce excellent wine in a number of climates. We are usually considered a cool climate chardonnay producer but vintage 2018 produced a warmer summer than normal and the wine shows the ambidextrous ability of the grape and the maker.
The nose is richer, a tad more toffee and a little more generous than usual (warm climate) but the palate has the pure mineral and acid structure we expect from a cooler climate. The wine is greater than the sum of its parts, rich and flowing but still with the poise and deftness we expect from our chardonnays. Always elegant, always with the fingerprint of subtle barrel work, always with a flourish on the finish to refresh the palate. Look for vibrancy wrapped in a blanket of fruits (nectarine, granny smith apples,) add some comforting baking notes and finish with a noble exit of mineral and phenolics.
The grapes for this wine were planted in 1978.
Neudorf Moutere Chardonnay is considered one of the New Zealand’s classic wines – that is – a wine with pedigree and ageability.