2010 Neudorf "Moutere" Chardonnay Nelson

SKU #1083750 92 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 The 2010 Moutere Chardonnay is youthfully mute with some hints of reduction soon giving way to notes of lemon curd, peach blossoms and apple tart with hints of lightly toasted bread, honeysuckle, cedar and chalk. Medium bodied and elegantly fruited in the mouth, it has a lovely suggestion of creaminess to the texture with crisp acidity and a long finish. Approachable now, it should drink best 2012 through 2017+.

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By: Jim Chanteloup |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 1/10/2012  | Send Email
"Wow, this is benchmark New World Chardonnay, and only 496 cases were made in this vintage.. The fruit for this wine came from the Home Vineyard which is 100% Mendoza clone and was fermented with indigenous yeast in French oak barrels and 500 lt puncheons, with not all barrels going through ML. The wine spent 12 months on the lees with regular stirring before being racked off into tank before bottling. The wine is a perfect example of elegance and power that shows great tension and nerve not unlike a fine Puligny Montrachet with great precision and focus. The bouquet shows notes of light toasty oak, hazelnut, pear, apple and spice. On the palate, there is great balance with vibrant acidity and a very long finish. This is the REAL deal in world class Chardonnay." Jim Chanteloup K&L New Zealand Wine Buyer.

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Chardonnay

- It's hard to believe that up until about 30 years ago, this extremely popular varietal hid behind the veil of geographical names like Chablis and Puligny-Montrachet. Now grown all over the world and bottled by its varietal name, Chardonnay has achieved a level of branding unlike any other wine. Surprisingly, though, what you get when you buy Chardonnay can differ greatly from country to country and even within one country, depending on the climate where it's grown and how it is vinified and aged. From fresh, crisp and minerally with apple and lemon notes to rich and buttery with tropical fruit overtones, Chardonnay runs the gamut. In France's Burgundy, Chardonnay is the source of the prized wines of Chablis, Corton-Charlemagne, Mâcon, Meursault and Montrachet. It also the foundation of exceptional Champagne, where it is blended with Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier or vinified on its own into Blanc de Blancs. It is also extremely popular in California, and is gaining popularity in Australia, New Zealand, Italy, Spain and South Africa.
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New Zealand

- New Zealand is an extremely diverse wine-growing nation. The long history of producing wine started in the 1830s with wineries such as Mission Estate (1850) and Te Mata Estate (1896) still producing wine today. The two islands hold a multitude of different growing climates ranging from warmer areas such as Hawke’s Bay to very cool regions such as Waitaki, and Awatere. Most regions are defined as Maritime with the exception being Central Otago that has a moderate Continental climate with the high elevation creating dramatic diurnal swings in temperature. The plethora of grapes grown in New Zealand reflects this diverse microclimate make up. Everything has a place here, Bordeaux varietals and Syrah in Hawke’s Bay, Chardonnay and Pinot in Nelson, Pinot Noir and Riesling in Central Otago , aromatic whites in Waipara and pretty much everything you can imagine in Marlborough. New Zealand is also one of the “greenest” wine producing nations on earth (94% of wine certified sustainable in 2013) with a strong focus on organic and Biodynamic farming.
Alcohol Content (%): 13.5