Sunday, January 25, 2009

Neudorf Chardonnay 2006 Nelson

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Here's a review on one of my top wineries of New Zealand. Stay tuned for more reviews from this label.

Winery: Neudorf

Vintage: 2006

Appellation: Nelson

Varietal: Chardonnay

Winemaker: Judy & Tim Finn

Oak: 30% New French

Average Price: €27

Tasting notes: Classic young Chardonnay with light yellow colour. The nose reminds pretty much of a French Chardonnay. Think of a Puligny-Montrachet with its fresh mineral tones combined with pear, ripe apples, and hints of coffee, and a tiny bit of vanilla. The palate shows an amazing depth, this is one amazing new world Chardonnay.

Food Pairing Suggestions: Since this wine isn’t so heavily oaked, it compares to a wide range of food. Shoulder of pork with baked apples, roasted potatoes and calvados sauce. Cream Celery soup with shellfish (why not lobster) or how about fried mullet with Foie Gras sauce and French lenses? Since this is not a very heavy Chardonnay, I would avoid the toughest stuff like Bouillabaisse etc.

Winery Notes: Neudorf is among my absolute favourites New Zealand wineries. They are very famous for their Chardonnay Mouterre which is this wines ‘bigger brother’. This is the ‘bottom line’ on the winery’s range of wine which also includes Pinot Noir, Riesling, Late Harvest Riesling, a RosĂ© and a Pinot Gris. Both this Chardonnay and the Mouterre compares with way higher priced French Chardonnay’s, so you simply have to try this winery out. I will later be adding some of the winery’s others wines – so stay tuned.

Vintage Overview: The 2006 is a very good vintage in all of New Zealand. Nelson suffered a little rain in end September, but there were no problems during harvest.

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