"Neudorf makes some of the most characterful Chardonnays in New Zealand. This is their unoaked, Kiwi-meets-Chablis style." Tim Atkin MW
A paradox. A balancing act.
On one hand we find steely, bright, energised structure. And then we find dusty peach, citrus and seashell. It’s delicate but has heft. The colours are yellow and green spring florals.
The inspiration is unabashedly Chablis – we are not trying to emulate the glorious wines from those iconic limestone soils but rather use them as a compass point. Our Moutere Clay Gravels are of quite different composition but the wines characteristically exhibit deep mineral notes with hints of wet chalk. They have breadth and depth. For a wine with minimal oak treatment the 2016 is surprisingly multidimensional on the nose with a rich palate and energetic flow.
Winemaker Todd Stevens allowed the wine to ferment spontaneously in stainless steel. We are encouraged by the consistency of the Neudorf style through our portfolio and this wine has a precise sense of place – a “Moutereness.” It is serious with immaculate and bright crackling acidity, balanced by complex melange of flinty, chalky, savoury, subtle peachiness.
With only 20 cases on hand from the this vintage we would suggest speed over deliberation.