2012 Neudorf "Tom's Block" Pinot Noir Nelson (Elsewhere $30)

SKU #1201752 93 points James Suckling

 Sourced from a plot a short distance from the estate vineyard, this has a similarly concentrated and earthy signature of the Upper Moutere section of the region, but is invariably a lighter, brighter and more singular style of wine from the estate Moutere bottling. Vibrant red cherries on the nose, there's attractive freshness here, some bracken and brown baking spices. Oak is bright but the fruit is on top. The palate is supple and full with really smoothly fleshy texture that holds fine, suspended tannins. Plenty of dark spiced cherry flavor, a flurry of toasty oak and a vibrant, lively kick of dark cherry flavor through the finish.  (4/2015)

90 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 Made from younger vines, the 2012 Tom's Block Noir continues to offer wonderful value for a Pinot of this calibre. Pale ruby-purple colored, it has a wonderfully fragrant nose, with lovely red cherry and mulberry aromas accented by rose and violet notes plus a touch of Provence herbs. Delicately fruited in the mouth, it has a nice savory / earthy character, fine tannins and a long finish. (LPB)  (1/2015)

Bob Campbell

 Soft, supple and charming wine that has an initial and appealing suggestion of fruit sweetness but finishes pleasantly dry. Red cherry, strawberry, spice and dried herb flavours. Great food wine.

K&L Notes

93 Raymond Chan: 89% Moutere Hills clay sites and 11% Waimea gravels. Dark, deep ruby-red colour with purple hues, paler on rim, youthful in appearance. This has a bright, vibrantly fruity nose showing a concentrated melange of dark red berries and cherries, with subtle dark herb elements, lifted by violet floral and oak nuances. Medium-full bodied, a fine grained tannin structure encases concentrated and rich, dark red berry and cherry fruit flavours. The fruit has sweetness with underlying herb detail, and grows in depth and power. The mouthfeel is dry and textured, the extract supporting the fruit drive and energy to a long and sustained finish which combines succulence and freshness. This is a bright, concentrated and rich fruited Pinot Noir with fine, grainy textures and the structure to ensure 5-7 years of aging." 92 Wine Front: "Fragrant entry to the wine with cherry fruit, subtle earthiness, a dried herb note and a light cedar character, quite a sophisticated start. Seamless, cool flow of fruit-driven flavours, coupled to fine, sandy tannins and a lick of refreshing acidity. Tightly wound, light, driving and lovely to drink Pinot Noir."

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By: Jim Chanteloup | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 5/5/2015 | Send Email
In 1978 Tim and Judy Finn began their vinous journey and created the Neudorf winery and became wine pioneers in the Nelson region. They remain one of the important wineries in New Zealand. The 2012 Tom's Block is simply a great value and introduction to their wines. All hand harvested and mostly from the Moutere Hills (clay over gravel soils) rather than the plains, this comes in at a fraction of their "Moutere" bottling. The bouquet offers notes of earth, black cherry, dried orange peel, some forest floor and a hint of Asian spices. On the palate, the wine is concentrated without being heavy and is framed by light fine tannins with good acidity and length. Grab one, you'll be back for more!

By: Ryan Woodhouse | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 4/25/2015 | Send Email
I've long admired Neudorf's wines. A visit to the winery back in early 2011 was one of the best tastings I did that year. The purity, depth and consistent quality of the wines really impressed me then and continues to do so today. The 2012 "Tom's Block" represents an exceptional value in Pinot Noir. Coming mostly from Neudorf's heralded Moutere Hills vineyards where a mix of clay and gravel soil ushers forth wines with great intensity and silky texture. The wine is richly fruited and pure but not heavy or extracted. It's highly fragrant nose (red florals, cherry, clove, spiced orange peel) and lively, layered palate belie the wines $20 price point. Nice mid-palate acidity, some savory spices and damp earthy notes add a distinctly Burgundian tone and make the wine very food friendly. I am so pleased we can make this wine accessible to so many people by offering it in the sub-$20 price point, it is seriously impressive wine.
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Pinot Noir

- One of France's most legendary grapes and the grape that earned Burgundy its reputation. The parent of varietals like Pinot Gris/Grigio and Pinot Blanc, Pinot Noir is blue to violet to indigo in color with relatively thin skins, and it is said to have been cultivated in France for more than 2,000 years. At its best, Pinot Noir creates elegant wines that are filled with primary red fruit aromas and flavors while young, revealing with an array of secondary characteristics like earth, smoke, violet, truffle and game with age. The varietal is also known, perhaps better than any, for its ability to translate terroir, or a sense of place. While the best Pinot Noir still comes from Burgundy, it is being produced with increasing success in cooler climates around the world. In France, it is part of the trifecta of grapes that can go into Champagne, and it is also grown in Alsace, Irancy, Jura, Savoie, Lorraine and Sancerre. Outside of France it is produced under the names Pinot Nero and Blauburgunder in Italy's mountainous regions, as Spätburgunder in Germany and as Blauburgunder in Austria. In the US, Pinot Noir has found suitable growing conditions in the cooler parts of California, including Carneros, the Russian River Valley, the Anderson Valley, the Sonoma Coast, Monterey County, the Santa Lucia Highlands and Santa Barbara County, as well as in Oregon's Willamette Valley. In recent years, New Zealand has demonstrated its ability to interpret this hard-to-grow varietal, with successful bottlings coming from careful and attentive growers in Central Otago, Martinborough and Canterbury. Chile is also an up-and-coming region for Pinot Noir, creating fresh, fruit-forward, early-drinking and affordable Pinots from the coastal Casablanca Valley and the Limari Valley.

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.
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