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