Neudorf Rosies Block Chardonnay 2020 Winery Notes
Organically Certified BioGro 5438 | Moutere Clay Gravels | Single Vineyard | Low Cropping | Hand Harvested | Wild Ferment | Natural Spring Malo | 100% Amphora | Unfined | Vegan | Lightweight Glass Bottle
Twenty Five Rows began as a working title for our Chardonnay made without oak. These days it is about further exploration; the 2020 release is 100% fermented in Spanish amphorae (also known as tinajas).
This chardonnay is about mineral crystalline purity.
Alluring beeswax notes are elegantly intertwined with jasmine and pink peppercorns.
Although offering an encyclopaedia of flavour profiles, it is the mouthfeel that demands the drinker’s attention. The amphora brings an extremely tactile texture that fascinates us. An incredible expression of the Moutere Clays, Twenty Five Rows Chardonnay doesn’t hide behind anything.
Nuanced, weighty, refined. A wine of gravitas.
A serious, defined, deliciously modern chardonnay.
Neudorf Rosies Block Chardonnay 2020 , and all wines are eligible for at least 5% off any six bottles. And 10% off any 12 bottles. Some wines will be at a more significant discount and not subject to further discounts.
The Neudorf Home block vineyard was planted in 1978. It is 5.43 hectare and makes some of the great Pinot Noir and Chardonnay of the new world. They have two other blocks and purchase from local growers. The plan is simple, low-cropping, organically farmed, dry-grown vineyards. Quality is the most important factor, and you just have to try the wines. I have loved the wines for a very long time. In 2008 my wife and I were lucky enough to have lunch at the house of owners Tim and Judy, and they are lovely people too.
Nelson is a visually beautiful region on the northern tip of the South Island of New Zealand. It excels at aromatic wines such as Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay, and Pinot Noir with Riesling, Pinot Gris, and Gewurztraminer all successful too. The best wines tend to come from the Moutere Hills. A unique terroir that is warmer and wetter with gravelly, clay souls that add depth to the wines.
The grape that you can plant anywhere, in any climate and do anything to, and it will still taste like an OK wine. When people hit the sweet spot of site, climate, cropping and winemaking, Chardonnay becomes a magical wine that will age gracefully but charm you at any age. Chardonnays can range from cool-climate lean and citrusy to warmer climate tropical and overt. Oak and lees can add flavouring, as can malolactic fermentation.
New Zealand shot to fame with their unique take on Sauvignon Blanc. The wines of Marlborough were unlike anything in the world at the time. And over a decade on, a lot of people still love that style. In my opinion, they dropped the ball. It could have been the next Champagne: Limited, rare, expensive. The following fashion was the robust Pinots Noir from Central Otago; for about 18 months, they were the hot ticket red.
On the back of these fads, wine lovers discovered other regions. Pinot from Martinborough, Cabernet from Waiheke Island, reds from Hawkes Bay, the whites and Pinot from Nelson.
For me, New Zealand has a lot of potential, and perhaps their best wines are yet to come. I would argue that the wines are made to drink now or drink young. They are delicate with overt fruit, and most don’t chase savoury flavours.
Wine is the result you get from fermented grape juice. There is proof of wine production dating back 8000 years ago. Fashions, innovations and many other factors have influenced the way wine has evolved over the years.
The wine grape is impressive. It contains everything you need to make grape wine except for the yeast, which lives on the outside of the skins.
Human inputs can influence the final product, including the viticulture (growing) choices. And the winemaker can shape the wine to a point too.
The best wines of the world often refer to terroir. Terroir is a French term that refers to all the climatic, geological and topographical influences on a specific piece of land. And it is true that neighbouring vineyards, grown identically, can taste noticeably different.
It is interesting to know that you can make white wine from almost any grape. The colour comes from the skins, and if there is no contact, there is no colour. White wines tend to be delicate, perfumed, higher in acid and lower in alcohol. It seems for this and many other reasons, it is hard to make an incredibly impressive white wine. But those that have mastered the art are indeed some of the best winemakers in the world.
It is a falsehood to think that white wine does not age as well as red wine. But it is correct that white wine, as a rule, doesn’t age for as long.
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