Wow! Have just opened a 1992 Neudorf Vineyards Moutere Chardonnay and can't believe how good it is.
We have a reasonable wine cellar and tuck the last few bottles of a case into a corner and forget about it for a few years. The purpose of this corner of the cellar is to see how wines change with age, to learn more about wine. We don't have great exectations from wines we try from this part of the cellar but are regularly surprised at how good some of them are. Ten year old sauvignon blancs may not be bright, vibrant and fresh but they can be really interesting and good to drink.
We have a number of vintages of Neudorf Moutere Chardonnay in the cellar and have never been disappointed (other than tough vintages that we didn't expect much from anyway) however this particular wine was a huge surprise.
When we first opened it the wine still had bright fresh acidity, big but rounded oak, cooked white peach and hazel nut flavours and mid gold in colour. As the wine opened up in the glass the flavours evolved through a citrus spectrum - mandrin with a touch of oak bitterness, crisp marmalade to juicy fresh lime characters and finally soft butter tones. All the while the texture on the palate was rich without being creamy and the acidity was juicy on the gums.
Tim Finn has a reputation as one of the finest winemkers in New Zealand and as one of the very best in the wolrd at producing fine chardonnay and this wine does nothing to tarnish that reputation. A wine that is simply stunning almost 20 years after it was made.
And we still have two more bottles!