‘Neudorf Vineyards’ is a Nelson based winery. Well loved by us here at Specialist Cellars and regarded as one of New Zealand’s treasured Chardonnay and Pinot Noir producers. Tim and Judy Finn planted vines back in 1978. They did this not really knowing what would work but persevering, with trials and errors and loving every learning curve along the way. Thankfully their determination paid off and four decades later Neudorf came to be. It is moving from strength to strength as each vintage goes on.
The Neudorf vineyard is on gravelly soils of an ancient river system. This combined with Nelson’s gentle climate and Neudorf’s non interventionist winemaking produce creates unique flavours. With wines of clarity and distinction. Winemaker Todd Stevens follows structure & texture over flavour. In the Moutere vineyard viticulturist Stef Brockley follows an organic regime with intense hand work. The 35-hectares under vine are hand thinned, leaf plucked and hand picked.
While Neudorf’s portfolio boasts seven different varietals, there are multiple brands and bottles under these grapes. As said, their Chardonnays are of world class level with the ‘Rosie’s Block’ being distinctive, luscious and mineral. The ‘Moutere Chardonnay’ is incomparable in flavour, being tactile and rich. Tom’s Block Pinot Noir is supple, silky and pure. Their Sauvignon Blanc is a more refined version than other kiwi Savs. The Moutere Albariño requires trying in order to fully understand it.
As Judy says “Making wine is constantly scary and stimulating. We survive on hard work, high hopes and a dollop of common-sense and cunning”. Check out Neudorf’s website here.