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Two Chardonnay Giants... once in a generation vintage

25 October 2014|Cellar Journal

Along with wines like Riflemans, Kumeu River, Keltern and Millton Clos de Ste Anne, these two single vineyard wines sit in the rarefied air of NZ Chardonnay - selling out upon release every year into the cellars of top collectors in NZ and around the world. 

With a 'vintage of a generation' like 2013, collectors will double-up, buying more than usual given their extraordinary quality and longevity.

Ata Rangi Craighall has already been tasted by NZ's major critics and their praise is unanimous (see below). Fine Wine Delivery Co tasting panel were the first to review Neudorf Moutere - and just as well. We were stunned by what was in the bottle. While still tight - as Moutere has a reputation for being - the layers, power and complexity were off the charts for a wine so young.

Like 2013 Ata Rangi Craighall, the 2013 Moutere is clearly a legend in the making and when the critics start slapping high-90s scores on it and demand quickly outweighs supply… you'll be pleased you've already got yours.

Ata Rangi' Craighall' Chardonnay 2013

"With limited production and exports to 24 countries, one must not be tardy to obtain Ata Rangi wines." Raymond Chan

19/20 - Raymond Chan
96/100 - Bob Campbell MW
95/100 - Wine Orbit

"Mendoza clone fruit from 30 y.o. vines from the company's 'Craighall' vineyard, hand-picked, WBP and indigenous yeast barrel-fermented with full solids to 13.5% alc., the wine aged 11 months in 25% new French oak barriques with 40% MLF and some batonnage. Full, bright straw-yellow colour with light golden hues, lighter on rim. The nose is elegantly presented with a soft, rich amalgam of ripe yellow stonefruits and savoury citrus fruits harmoniously entwined with layers of creamy, nutty barrel-ferment elements and lemon-curd notes from MLF. The aromatics are delicate and detailed. Medium to medium-full bodied, softly packed and dense flavours of rich, ripe yellow stonefruits are smoothly integrated with nutty, mealy barrel complexities and nutty oak spicing. The mouthfeel is creamy and luscious in texture, with ripe acidity lending vibrancy and energy. The palate features a refined, textural line that carries the wine to a very long and sustained, complex detailed finish featuring citrus and mealy nuances. This is a stylish, rich and creamy Chardonnay with a complex array of flavours and fine textures. Serve with poultry, pork and veal over the next 5-6 years." Raymond Chan

"Classy Chardonnay with roasted chestnut, brioche, mineral, white peach and nectarine flavours that are beautifully integrated. Elegant, powerful and deliciously textural Chardonnay that makes it hard to resist a second glass ... and a third." Bob Campbell MW

Neudorf Moutere Chardonnay 2013

Probably NZ's most iconic Chardonnay - 2012 was Bob Campbell's top-rated NZ Chardonnay…we can tell you: "The 2013 will become a legend!"

95/100 - Fine Wine Delivery Co

2012 was Bob Campbell's Chardonnay of the year but you can expect this 2013 to go one further. Made from old-vine hillside fruit and fermented/aged in the finest French oak barriques. Neudorf know their terroir intimately and Moutere releases are the winery's pinnacle expressions. It reminds me of a top-level (could be Grand Cru) Puligny Montrachet in that it has excellent palate weight buoyed by a snappy streak of minerality and fine acids. Indigenous fermentation has added alluring nut and floral notes. This is stunning Chardonnay by any global standards.

SMELLS: Seductive array of fresh orchard fruits with nutty, nougat, savoury notes abounding.

TASTES: The balance between weight, barrique and ferment complexities and mineral/acid freshness is perfection. Authority and finesse in sync it has the potential to age 15-20 years if properly stored. Absolutely world class and it will reveal greater mouth feel and subtle complexities in its first 5+ years and go on for many years beyond that.

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