|Neudorf Moutere Pinot
Superb Pinot: Neudorf Moutere Pinot Noir 2007
Neudorf Moutere Pinot Noir 2007 (Nelson, NZ)
14.1%, Screwcap, $140 on the Arras wine list
Source: Wine list
My birthday was last week (happy birthday to me) and as per the norm I actually stretched the celebrations out over an entire week (and a bit). I’m hurting now as a result, but what a week it was…
As part of said week I – as you can imagine – opened a bottle or two. Just one or two of course (at a time) as there is no point in being excessive. This particular wine though was one of my favourite wines of the week (along with a MV Krug that had a few years under it’s belt in particular) and was picked off the list of Sydney’s Restaurant Arras (who have a great cheese trolley by the way). It was actually a very easy choice (even despite the depth of that list), particularly as I’m a big fan of the Neudorf Pinot (and Chardonnay) style and the price looked very right.
Suffice to say that it didn’t disappoint either, showing everything you’d want in a Neudorf Pinot – that classic power without excess and (notably) a sense of place. It’s a sense of terroi that kicks off from the first whiff too, with a whole roast dinner of aromas on the nose including roast pink lamb, gravy peas, black pepper and a hint of cherry and sarsaparilla. It’s a powerful nose too, ripe and full and Kiwi (not Burgundian) with genuinely lifted aromatics. Nice work.
That style carries thrugh on to the palate too, which is powerfully dry and packed full of meaty lamb, redcurrant and cola flavours, a stridently full bodied wine but a linear one too, finishing off with proper Pinot tannins to boot (just to seal the deal) in a firm but balanced back end.
In fact aside from a a little warmth on the finish (and some associated ripe fruit sweetness through the middle) it’s hard not to absolutely love this powerful new world Pinot, a wine that sits at 1er cru Burgundy level (quality-wise) yet sells for half the price (I’ve seen it retail here in Sydney at circa $65). Massive fan. Want some. 18.6/95