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2016 Greywacke Sauvignon Blanc

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If you are expecting a pungent passionfruity wine, think again! This is so left-field it will blow your mind, but one taste will have you hooked. It's a delicate, slightly funky number that shows gooseberries, lime citrus, pears and honeydew melons on the nose, with an intriguing whiff of smokiness. The palate is lighter-bodied and multi-layered, with those gooseberries, citrus and melons punching through, along with hints of grassiness and gentle spice, frisky acidity, and a long, dry, juicy finish. Top notch stuff!

Winemaker's Notes

Tasting note: A delicious combination of ripe summer fruits and delicate floral perfume - citrus blossom and elderflower entwined with nectarines and white peaches, mandarin and cantaloupe with a twist of lemon. Intensely flavoured, succulent and crisp with a delicate herbal infusion - quintessential Marlborough.

Viticulture: Fruit was sourced from various prime vineyard sites in Marlborough’s Southern Valleys, the central Wairau Plains (specifically in Woodbourne, Renwick and Rapaura) and a spectacular river terrace site in the upper Awatere Valley. Soil types vary from the young alluvial soils of Rapaura, Renwick and the upper Awatere, which contain high proportions of New Zealand’s ubiquitous greywacke river stones, to the older and denser clay-loams of the Southern Valleys. The majority of the vineyards were trained using the divided Scott Henry canopy management system, with the balance on a two- or three-cane VSP (vertical shoot positioning) trellis.

Winemaking: Harvested largely by machine during cool (often cold) night-time conditions, the Sauvignon Blanc grapes were picked into half-tonne bins, which were tipped directly into the tank press and lightly pressed. The resulting juice was cold-settled prior to fermentation in stainless steel, primarily using cultured yeast for cool, slow fermentation. A portion was allowed to undergo spontaneous indigenous yeast fermentation using slightly warmer temperature regimes.

All individual vineyard batches were left on lees and kept separate until late July, when the blend was assembled. The wine was bottled in mid-August with an alcohol of 13.5%, pH 3.05 and acidity 6.7 g/l.

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2016 Greywacke Sauvignon Blanc

Expert Reviews

Campbell Mattinson (2015 Vintage) says
Sweet and sour. Tart and grassy too. This takes you on a ride. It doesn’t feel 100% cohesive but it feels as though it’s going to get there; it just better hurry. Excellent intensity and length. Smoky, grassy aftertaste. Tastes and feels classier than your average Marlborough sauvignon blanc.
2016 - 2018
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Tyson Stelzer (2011 Vintage) says
What will the Marlborough of the future look like? You’re looking at it. Kevin Judd was ahead of his time at Cloudy Bay in putting New Zealand on the wine map. Now in Greywacke he’s again setting the pace for the Marlborough of the future. This is a sauvignon of great intrigue, focus, craftsmanship and restraint (and how often do we hear those words of Marlborough?). Pear, apple, guava and passionfruit show honed linearity, while still fleshy and persistent.
2012-2013
Wine Taste - Edition 59
94
Nick Stock (2010 Vintage) says
Ah, yes, this is every bit the wine you'd expect from Mr K. Judd, former Cloudy Bay winemaker and a man with a keen eye for all things Marlborough and vinous. The nose has impressive complex, flinty elements; cleverly derived fermentation elements combine with exotic ripe gooseberry and lime fruits. Superb texture and depth on the palate - long and unrelenting finish.
The Good Wine Guide 2012
94
Michael Cooper (2010 Vintage) says
The 2010 vintage was grown at sites in the central Wairau Valley and its southern offshoots, and partly barrel-fermented. An authoritative, finely crafted wine from Kevin Judd, it has very rich grapefruit/lime flavours, subtle oak adding complexity, and a finely textured, dry finish. The 2011 vintage was 10 per cent barrel-fermented.Fleshy and rounded, with great drinkability, it is aromatic, sweet-fruited and layered, in a subtle, very satisfying style, delicious from the start.
Buyer's Guide to New Zealand Wines
Louise Radman (2009 Vintage) says
The first release from iconic former Cloudy Bay winemaker, Kevin Judd, the new venture lives up to great expectations. Expressive lemongrass & gooseberry aromatics, pure passionfruit & vivid lemon juice at the core with undertones of basil, citrus leaf & juniper berry. Highly concentrated and fruitful in the mouth with great length, balance & acid drive. The best NZ savvy you are likely to encounter this year. Greywacke - the hard sandstone bedrock of New Zealand
94
Tyson Stelzer (2009 Vintage) says
Kevin Judd put NZ on the wine map with Cloudy Bay 25 years ago, and blow me down if he isn’t doing it again with Greywacke (‘Greywacky’). The most exciting Kiwi sauv this year, desperately honed, rippling with minerality, belying its age, its oak & – dare I say – the exuberance of its region.
95

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