Neudorf Chardonnay 2013 Nelson 14%
When first considering this wine be careful not to make your judgement on the first 2 sips immediately after opening - this is a wine that requires 10 minutes in glass with a few swirls to allow it to really open up and show what lies beneath. This tasting note is therefore based on a post opening 10 minute - rest period:
Vine-age and smart wine making has brought a real depth to the bouquet of this example - there is complexity surrounding the youthful fruits of lemon and apple; the depth and calm of new and older oak envelopes the nose almost masking a line of stony almost silty minerality.
On the palate - dry and quite creamy tempered by youthful acidity and warmth of alcohol; flavors of lemon, apple and white peach emerge then a stony mineral undertone; medium+ (ish) in weight. There is a real charm and even elegance about this wine that many Chardonnay fans will find appealing - I do.