Neudorf Moutere Pinot Noir 2011
Pinot Noir from New Zealand
Neudorf Pinot Noir is often seen to be on the European edge of the New Zealand spectrum. With its silken texture and pure minerality it reflects the ancient clay gravels of the Moutere Hills, with complex, earthy, sur bois characters acting counterpoint to the wild cherry and blackberry fruits.
Pinot Noir is such a food lovers wine… it just loves earthy, meaty flavors but it is also an excellent partner to more robust vegetarian food.
The Wine Advocate - "Pale to medium ruby-purple colored, the 2011 Moutere Pinot Noir offers tons of kirsch, pomegranate and mulberry notes with underlying lavender and cinnamon stick hints plus a waft of tree bark. It bursts in the mouth with red fruit and earthy flavors, sporting a solid structure of firm grainy tannins and lively acid, finishing with great length."
Established in 1978 by Tim and Judy Finn, Neudorf Vineyards are nestled in the warm gravelly soils of the Moutere Hills in the Nelson region at the top of New Zealand’s South Island. Surrounded by hop gardens, apple orchards and berry farms, the vineyards’ virgin gravelly soil is of naturally low fertility and retains enough moisture to support grapevines through the dry summer months.
Clear skies allow for rapid cooling at night, nurturing the slow development of flavors in the grapes. This combination of climate and soil type produces long living wines of great intensity, showing concentrated but not overtly fruity characters. Despite an enviable track record and continuing success, the Finns have kept their winery small (around 6,000 cases annually) and devoted to the production of top flight wines. View all Neudorf Wines
About Other New Zealand
A few other New Zealand areas include the region of Auckland, high up on the North Island, Nelson, sitting to the west of Marlborough, and Canterbury, just under Waipara on the South Island. Most wines in New Zealand will come from a designated area and say so on the label.
Notable FactsAuckland was one of the first wine growing regions of the country, but now produces very little of New Zealand's wine. It's pretty wet up there so vineyards are planted in the driest spots possible – reds are most popular here. Nelson is the only region along the west coast of the country, producing Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay and Pinot Noir. Canterbury's chilly climate is best suited for Chardonnay and Pinot Noir.
About New ZealandThe country of New Zealand is about 1000 miles from the coast of Australia. It consists of two long islands, end to end, that are approximately the same length as California. Most of the country's climate is maritime due to the abundant coastline. The northern island is warmer and wetter, while the southern island is cooler and dryer. The most popular grapes of New Zealand are Sauvignon Blanc (made most famous by the bright, crisp wines coming out of Marlborough), Chardonnay and the ever-growing Pinot Noir.
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