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Neudorf Moutere Pinot Noir 2011

Pinot Noir from New Zealand
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Winemaker Notes

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.

Critical Acclaim

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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.

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Neudorf, , New Zealand
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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.

Sonoma Coast

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A vast appellation covering Sonoma County’s Pacific coastline...

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A vast appellation covering Sonoma County’s Pacific coastline, the Sonoma Coast AVA runs from the San Pablo Bay to the Mendocino County border. The region can actually be divided into two sections—the “true” Sonoma Coast, marked by high rainfall, marine soils, cool temperatures, and saline ocean breezes, from which one can actually see the ocean—and the warmer, drier vineyards further inland, creating a diversity of wine styles. Contained within the appellation is the much smaller and more focused Fort Ross-Seaview AVA.

Sonoma Coast is highly regarded for elegant Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, and, increasingly, cool-climate Syrah, with high acidity, moderate alcohol, firm tannin, and fruit that is rarely overripe. One of the most favorable sites within the region is the Petaluma Gap, where a break in the coastal mountain range allows Pacific winds and fog to funnel through and cool the vineyards.

Syrah/Shiraz

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Marked by unmistakable aromatics, a savory palate, and an elegant texture...

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Marked by unmistakable aromatics, a savory palate, and an elegant texture, Syrah is capable of producing fascinatingly complex and long-lived wines with a stunning purple hue. Native to the Northern Rhône, Syrah’s best examples are found in Hermitage and Côte-Rôtie. It is also an important component of the GSM blends of the Southern Rhône and beyond, alongside Grenache and Mourvèdre. Both varietal Syrah and GSM blends are common in Australia and California and are gaining popularity in Washington State. In Australia, Syrah is known by the synonym Shiraz, which tends to indicate a bolder, fruit-driven style of wine, and is occasionally blended with Cabernet Sauvignon for added depth and structure.

In the Glass

At its best, Syrah shows aromas and flavors of purple fruits, fragrant violets, baking spice, white pepper, smoke, and even bacon fat. Many examples from California aim to recreate this savory style, while others focus more on concentrated fruit flavors. In Australia, under the name Shiraz, it shines as that country’s unofficial signature red grape, producing deep, dark, intense, and often jammy reds.

Perfect Pairings

Cool-climate Syrah, with its peppery spices, is a natural match with flavorful Moroccan-spiced lamb dishes, where the spice is more about flavor than heat. With Australian Shiraz, grown in warmer regions, heavy meat dishes with abundant protein and fat are a necessity to match the intensity of the wine.

Sommelier Secret

Due to the success of Australian “Shiraz,” this synonym for Syrah has been adopted by winemakers throughout the world. If the label says “Shiraz,” you can typically expect a plush, fruity, and potent wine made in the Australian style. New World "Syrah" will generally more closely resemble the French style.

STC589353_2011 Item# 124262

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