Neudorf releases first of its wine library collection gallery

Simon McGuire, left, and Todd Stevens unpacking older vintages in the mudbrick library.
Supplied/Neudorf Vineyards

Simon McGuire, left, and Todd Stevens unpacking older vintages in the mudbrick library.

Neudorf Vineyards is releasing the first of  its wine  library as it  down-sizes its 35-year collection.

Co-owner Tim Finn said  wine was stored from each  vintage as a reference point and for vertical tastings. ``The time has come to release some of these precious cellared wines." 

The library is full of memories of people and vintages, celebrations and heartache, he said.

"We remember each year so clearly, the interns from France Germany and the States, pickers from all over the globe, the wonderful smooth vintages and the ones of quiet desperation; 1995 springs to mind. One of the continuing joys is the periodic opening of some of these old bottles to check their vinous pulses."

Neudorf released its first Library collection this week…six bottles of Neudorf Moutere Pinot Noir from various vintages. The oldest is from 1996, the youngest from 2010. 

Finn said screw caps have made this move so much easier.

"Only 1996 is under cork and we are colour checking those as we go. The rest are under screw caps – we changed over in 2000 and 2001 and have never regretted it. They offer a confidence and reliability which sadly cork does not. The failure rates were just too high."

Other library selections will be offered in the future to allow Neudorf to continue to  store wines for verticals.

"As winemakers specialising in Chardonnay and Pinot Noir, we still need to keep enough older stock to follow the maturation process through the years. It is also important to be able to present visiting winewriters with the history of the vineyard rather than simply offer current releases."

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