Chardonnay in the capital

Life was a speed tasting at Regional Wines today when we tasted five of New Zealand’s top Chardonnays, unanimously agreeing that the top wine of the tasting came from Nelson.

The northernmost tip of the South Island is home to the clay based Moutere Hills where Tim and Judy Finn established their winery, Neudorf Vineyards, pioneering one of this country’s top Chardonnays, year in, year out.

The latest Chardonnay they sent to me is named after their daughter, Rosie, and it was my pick (and that of the staff at Regional Wines & Spirits in Wellington today) of a line up of flash newly released New Zealand Chardonnays. Here are my thoughts.

Pick of the day…


2016 Neudorf Rosie’s Block Chardonnay 13.5% ABV RRP $35.90

Rosie is the adult daughter of winemakers Tim and Judy Finn, pioneers of small quantities of high quality South Island New Zealand Chardonnay. Like their best wines, this one is made with grapes grown in the clay based Moutere Hills in Nelson. It’s dry and full bodied with high acidity providing a zesty character that complements this wine’s rich malolactic creamy characters.

More on the other Chardonnays to follow. Watch this space.

Author: Joelle Thomson

I am a wine writer, author and educator... first bitten by a big buttery Chardonnay on a dark and stormy night in the 1980s and there was no turning back... Follow my tastings and join some too on this new site.

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