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2009 PINOT GRIS, ‘Maggie’s Block’, Neudorf. Nelson, New Zealand

Bin:  175

Alcohol percentage:  13.5%

Maturity potential:


Old Bridge rating:

Well I agree with Jancis! (see below)

Press review:

“One of the most admired producers of New Zealand Pinot Gris is Neudorf of Nelson in the north west of the South Island. Neudorf, Maggie’s Block Pinot Gris 2009 Nelson was one of the wines I liked best when tasting a range of wines from some of New Zealand’s top producers recently.
The grapes, all handpicked, which is a distinct plus point in New Zealand, come from a vineyard at Brightwater on the stony, alluvial Waimea plains south of the city of Nelson. Soils here drain so fast that irrigation is essential, and to judge from the photograph below taken from Tim and Judy Finn’s excellent www.neudorf.co.nz, they attract a hungry bird population, but they seem particularly good at retaining really fresh, crisp, grape flavours. This is a good example of a fine, vibrant wine in which oak played only a minor part. About a fifth of it was fermented in barrel but most of the fruit was fermented and raised in neutral stainless steel, the most common alternative to oak.
The resulting blend, 13.5% alcohol, is sensationally aromatic in a way reminiscent of some tropical flowers (heady lilies?) – more so than the average Alsace Pinot Gris – and yet has the same sort of meaty, savoury undertow as a fine example from Alsace. It is certainly a much more serious wine than most of those labelled Pinot Grigio. And its naturally high acidity, 5.9 g/l, keeps the wine really refreshing. The residual sugar level of 7.3 g/l is low enough to be barely perceptible. It just means that the wine is rich enough to go well with Thai spiced dishes – or to be drunk comfortably as an aperitif. It should retain its liveliness over the next three years. ”
Jancis Robinson – her ‘Wine of the Week’, 5th November 2010


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