Neudorf Rosie’s Block Nelson Chardonnay

Neudorf Rosie’s Block Nelson Chardonnay 2015 $33 ★★★★ 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 […]

Neudorf Maggies Block Nelson Pinot Gris 2015

Neudorf Maggies Block Nelson Pinot Gris 2015 $26 ★★★★ The thing that really impressed me was the immediate aromatic hit of baked apple, crushed sea-shells and spice.  It’s a lean, dry, ultra-clean style of pinot gris that has tightwire acidity on the palate and a long, chalky finish.  I’d be sipping this with slowcooked pork […]

Neudorf Moutere Pinot Gris 2015

Neudorf Moutere Pinot Gris 2015 $29 ★★★★ Winemaker Todd Stevens and viticulturist Richard Flatman have done a cracker of a job creating  pinot gris that smells like pear and apple strudel served with poached quince and cream.  Exotically spicy, chock full of ripe fruit and has a deeply textural mouthfeel that’s fresh and funky.  A […]

Nelson on my mind…

I’ve just spent three days in stunning Nelson filming at Woollaston Estate and a bunch of boutique breweries for my show Thirsty Work.  Shane Munn and his team at Woollaston Estate produce a veritable smorgasbord of certified organic wines from their four-level, gravity fed winery in Mahana, and despite loving their floral sauvignon blanc, red-fruited, […]

Neudorf Home Vineyard Moutere Pinot Noir 2010

Neudorf Home Vineyard Moutere Pinot Noir  2010 $79  Wow!  Scented with exotic baking spices, cinnamon, black guava, cocoa, rhubarb, succulent tannins and beautifully balanced acidity and lush, sexy length of flavour.   A little more time in the cellar and it’ll be a showstopper for sure.

Neudorf Moutere Pinot Gris 2011

Neudorf Moutere Pinot Gris 2011 $30  I love the crushed seashell-like minerality which carries the classic white peach, nashi pear and quince characters across the palate.  It’s a clean, juicy wine with a hint of japonica on the finish which lingers with a tasty, tangy texture.

Neudorf Maggie’s Block Nelson Pinot Gris 2011

Neudorf Maggie’s Block Nelson Pinot Gris 2011 $26  If you’re a fan of dry Pinot Gris then fret no further.  Perfumed with vibrant, clean pear and quince flavours, this Nelson wine, grown at their Balquhidder vineyard at Brightwater washes over the palate with juicy generosity and leaves a hint of oily texture.  Excellent length of […]

17 October 2011 Central Riesling & Pinot Shine at International Show

Last week, for the first time in history a New Zealand riesling won the London-based International Wine and Spirits Competition (IWSC) Trophy for Single Vineyard White.  The wine in question was the Two Sisters Vineyard Central Otago Riesling 2007 ($35) and now I’m itching to try it myself.  This is a phenomenal international achievement for […]

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