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New Zealand tasting notes

text and photographs © 2007 Tom Cannavan

These notes accompany our in-depth feature on New Zealand's South Island.


Neudorf, Brightwater Riesling 2005
12.5%. Beautifully aromatic fruit, with a very fine floral quality, a touch of dried citrus, Angelica, lovely. On the palate this has a very, very fine, lemony, zest, minerality. Terrific intensity and fantastic concentrated flavours. Very dry, with very, very fine mineral, searing intensity. (Swig)

Neudorf, Brightwater Pinot Gris 2005
This has a very aromatic, vibrant profile, with a touch of vegetal greenness. There's a touch of green fig and melon. Very fine palate, with a lovely waxy, lime and Ogen melon ripeness and sweetness. A touch too much acid/sugar perhaps?

Neudorf, Moutere Pinot Gris 2005
Quite oatmeally and rich, with a figgy quality and a more succulent. All barrel ferment, adding a touch of green fig succulent. Terrific weight and depth, with very good mouthfeel and for me, still a touch too much sugar.

Neudorf, Sauvignon Blanc 2005
Firmly in the passionfruit aromas, with ripe melon and just touches of nettle. Still punchy and vibrant. The palate has a huge blast of ripe, mouthfilling fruit, edging into the tropical, with touches of lychee and pineapple. Palate has fine weight and balance, and a very intense, long, weighty finish.

Neudorf, Nelson Chardonnay 2004
Fabulous toasty, lavish, green fig and toasty aromas. 25% new oak, then a split of 1, 2 and 3. A touch of flinty minerality. There is a touch of flint, and plenty of zesty lemon fruit. Very fresh and crisp. This has lovely verve and zest. Terrific citrus quality.

Neudorf, Moutere Chardonnay 2004
This has a lovely exotic quality to it, adding a touch of honey and toffee, and very lovely nectarine fruit. Fantastic quality, and very lovely acidity, with a fine, fine minerality and fabulously intense and extended finish. Judy says drinks for 15 years.

Neudorf, Moutere Pinot Noir 2004
Vines getting older and clonal selection improving all the time. Absolutely delightful cherry and rich, bright, soft berry fruit on the nose. Very beautiful. Lovely mouthfeel, with a silky texture, lots of Ripe, crisp, cherry acidity. Good balance and light, but silky texture and a suede-like tannin.

Neudorf, Moutere Home Vineyard Pinot Noir 2003
Adds a little touch of extra aromatic fragrance, with touches of violet and rose-hip, but also a great depth of fruit. Very rich and full. Fabulous fruit sweetness. There is a touch of old leathery, tobacco character. Fantastic opulence.

Neudorf, Nelson Pinot Noir 2004
There is a tobacco note, with just a touch of herbal quality, and some peppery qualities. The palate has a meat-stocky, quite rough-edged tannin quality. Terrific soft, smoky fruit. Very fine quality and though majoring on fruit, has earthiness and smoky, tobacco quality.

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