2013 Neudorf "Tom's Block" Pinot Noir Nelson
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. Drink now.
Light ruby-red colour with slight purple hues, pale on rim. The nose is very fine and tightly bound with penetrating, ethereal aromas of dark red berry fruits and savoury red floral, dried herb and nutty elements. Some raspberry and liquorice notes unfold. Medium-bodied, this is elegantly concentrated with luscious and aromatic dark red berry fruits with savoury interest, along with dried herbs, minerals and red florals. The fruit combines with fine-grained tannins to form a firm core and structure. The fruit sweetness is enhanced by lacy acidity and the flavours carry to a very long and sustained finish with raspberry liqueur nuances. This is an elegant, finely concentrated Pinot Noir with sweet and gently luscious red berry fruit and some savoury detail. Match with wild duck and pork dishes over the next 6-7+ years. Hand-picked fruit, clones 5, 10/5, 667, 777, 113, Abel and 115, from 84% Moutere clay gravels and 16% Waimea alluvial gravels, 100% destemmed and indigenous yeast fermented to 14.0% alc., the wine aged 10 months in 22% new French oak. 2,181 cases made.
Reasonably light and attractively perfumed Pinot Noir with red cherry, raspberry and violet flavours. The wine has an appealing purity and delicacy but doesn’t lack power. Approachable now but should continue to offer pleasure for a number of years.