Neudorf Tiritiri Sauvignon Blanc 2019 ~ Nelson, New Zealand
This is great……and here’s why!93/100 Bob Campbell
16/20 Jancis Robinson (2018 Vintage)
94/100 Bob Campbell (2018 Vintage)
94/100 Cameron Douglas (2018 Vintage)
92/100 James Suckling (2018 Vintage)
91/100 Robert Parker (2018 Vintage)
92/100 The Wine Front (2017 vintage)
94/100 Bob Campbell (2016 vintage)
89/100 Wine Enthusiast (2016 vintage)
16/20 Jancis Robinson (2014 vintage)
90/100 Wine Enthusiast (2014 vintage)
Sir George Fistonich Medal - New Zealand International Wine Show 2018
Wild Ferment | 20% Old Barrel Ferment | Unfined | Vegan
Bob Campbell - "A serious rather than showy sauvignon....with concentrated melon, apple and citrus flavours that dominate an array of more subtle notes (try ginger and roasted nut). A good food wine."
Cameron Douglas - "Fragrant, spicy, herbaceous and fruity with aromas and flavours of gooseberry, fresh herbs, pineapple, golden kiwi, grapefruit and apple. Youthful, fresh and vibrant textures with salivating acidity, a fine lees autolysis, a whisper of ginger and tropical fruit flowers. Fruit and herb flavours return. Nice light weight and length."
Jancis Robinson "Superior." (2018 vintage)
The Winemaker "This Sauvignon exudes restraint. It is refreshing and textural, alluring and moreish. One the nose a bouquet of bright blossom is underpinned by fresh summer fruits. The feel across the palate is poised, succulent, bracing and sophisticated. It is grown on the alluvial gravels down on the Waimea Plains, from Marama Vineyard, owned by Brett and Anna Woodwiss. In the winery, we use 100% wild ferment, and this along with 20% barrel fermentation moderates the high tone nature of the variety." (2018 Vintage)
Drinking Window - "Made from fruit purchased off the Waimea Plains, the 2018 Sauvignon Blanc was fermented entirely with indigenous yeasts and 40% was done in barrel. It offers up fragrant notes of snap peas and pink grapefruit is medium-bodied and silky-textured in the mouth and finishes with hints of nectarine on the long finish" (2018 Vintage)
Neudorf Vineyards is arguably the most well-known producer in New Zealand's famous Nelson wine-growing region. Neudorf was founded in 1978 by Tim and Judy Finn, who experimented with what was then unknown wine territory, building a thriving winery that is now famous for its wines made from Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Riesling. The Finns were pioneers of organic farming in New Zealand and their wine-making philosophy is one of minimal intervention.
Tiritiri is a new brand from Neudorf which collaborates with named, hand-selected growers in the Nelson region to make excellent wines. All wines are created from single-vineyard which are committed to low cropping.
Nelson is a small, wine region at the northern end of New Zealand's South Island. Surrounded on three sides by mountains, it enjoys a unique mesoclimate that is perfect for aromatic grape varieties. Wines made from Riesling, Pinot Gris and Gewurztraminer are considered to be some of the best in New Zealand.
The Sauvignon Blanc taste is one of the most identifiable in the world of white wines for a few reasons. First, it always has crisp, high acidity. Second, it has a chemical compound called pyrazine which gives grassy, herbal or bell pepper flavors. When grown in cooler climates or picked early, the herbaceous green character is most prominent. In warmer climates or allowed to hang longer on the vine, the pyrazine character diminishes in favor of riper fruit flavors ranging from grapefruit, to passion fruit and guava.