Tim and Judy Finn planted their first vines in 1978 when the renaissance of the New Zealand wine industry was in its infancy. Over the years, the Finn family, including daughter Rosie, has established an enviable international reputation for outstanding cool climate wines with drive and finesse. Their mineral-focused Neudorf Moutere Chardonnay is one of the Southern hemispheres finest examples, and their Neudorf Moutere Pinot Noir is complex and intense. Sauvignon Blanc, Riesling and Pinot Gris complete the range, and all express individuality and a sense of place beyond new world varietal fruit. The wines are strongly sought after and with just 74 acres (30 hectares) under vine, the volumes exported are extremely limited.
Location of Vineyard
The Neudorf home vineyards are situated in the clay gravel Moutere Hills at the northern tip of the South Island of New Zealand. They spill down a gentle, north-facing slope, with mountain ranges to the east, south and west providing shelter. The beautiful Tasman Bay to the north ensures a maritime climate, with the diurnal temperatures increasing away from the coast. Nelson has the most sunshine hours in New Zealand, and summers are long and warm, with night temperatures cooling towards harvest. The vines are closely planted, dry-farmed, and organic.
In the vineyard the aim is for fruit concentration and sense of place, while in the winery the concentration is on texture, balance, and for certain wines, complexity. Finesse is always a priority. An overall philosophy of minimal intervention encompasses wild yeast fermentation and minimal fining or filtration.