Selected for the 2020 Fine Wines of New Zealand List
Now's your chance to get hold of some of Neudorf Rosie's Block Chardonnay 2018 as this wine always sells through quickly. We've just received stocks and do not expect them to be around for long, such is the demand for this wine. Neudorf have to be considered 'Chardonnay Royalty' here in NZ and David Williams wrote in The Guardian (UK) "Chardonnay, too, reaches Burgundian levels of pristine complexity in the hands of producers such as Neudorf." A stunning wine from one of our best producers.
Winery notes (2018 Vintage)
"Named after Tim and Judy’s daughter Rosie. Her block sits on the hill overlooking the home block. Winemaking is very similar to our Moutere Chardonnay.
Neudorf Rosie’s Block is becoming a bit of a star in our portfolio. It has the "Moutereness" we expect of our soils and the "Neudorfness" we expect of our wine crew but it brings its own charm and exuberance to the collection. This vintage shows Rosie’s Block as a textural, flowing wine which glides across the palate. It brings a sense of completeness as every note is embraced to be part of a rich whole.
There is the expected tension in the wine but some generous stonefruit (not so generous as to be tiresome; just enough to soothe and intrigue). Mineral notes are exhibited and there is a welcome refreshing note at the finish. Oak is simply an echo in the background, not overstepping the mark at all. It’s complex but understandable – a wine you can pour, enjoy and smack your lips together and think of pouring another glass to enjoy with a roast chicken smothered in lemon and olive oil, maybe grilled flounder or chuck some sweet diamond clams into your linguine. Masterful."
David Williams, The Guardian UK
"Chardonnay, too, reaches Burgundian levels of pristine complexity in the hands of producers such as Neudorf."
95/100 Cameron Douglas MS (2018 Vintage)
"A calm, even, fragrant bouquet of Chardonnay. A mix of ripe yellow fruits layered between scents of oak with cashew and brown spice then ripe grapefruit and apple. Equally calm on the palate, balanced, even and persistent. Flavours of yellow stone fruit and citrus then roasted nut and cream. The weighty creamy texture is not forced yet is also a wine with a youthful medium+ acidity, a new oak moment and a natural complexity bringing all the attributes together. Lengthy finish and well made."
94/100 Jamie Goode, June 2019 (2018 Vintage)
"13% alcohol. Moutere clay gravel soils, wild ferment in 15% new oak. A taut, intense, focused expression of Chardonnay with a mineral core and tight lemon fruit, together with subtle creamy hints, a twist of hazelnut and subtle pineapple exoticism. There’s great energy to this wine, which is tightly furled with layers of flavour that emerge in the glass and mouth. A serious, focused effort of real appeal."
93/100 Bob Campbell MW, The Real Review (2018 Vintage)
"Stylish chardonnay with peach, grapefruit, hazelnut, spicy oak and brioche flavours supported by gentle, fruity acidity. A weighty wine with a pleasingly silken texture."
Jancis Robinson MW (2018 Vintage)
"Very pale greenish straw. Good, crisp, exuberantly fruity Chardonnay with sufficient corset and minerality to make it really refreshing yet approachable. Very well done!"