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Wednesday, May 27, 2015
May 27, 2015
Vino Fino

From the Tastings - Greywacke

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Kevin Judd is one of the icons of New Zealand wine. From his early days at Selaks and then onto being the founder winemaker at Cloudy Bay for 25 years until he set up his own label Greywacke in 2009. The wines are now made at the Dog Point winery alongside his old Cloudy Bay mates, Ivan Sutherland and James Healy. Richard Ellis joined Greywacke a couple of years ago and now works alongside Kevin on all facets of the winemaking and marketing. Greywacke wines have quickly become established as one of Marlborough's best and it is easy to see Kevin's thoughtful and detailed approach to the wines coming through. Beautiful, well constructed and considered wines that offer plenty for the serious wine lover.               

Kevin Judd is one of the icons of New Zealand wine. From his early days at Selaks and then onto being the founder winemaker at Cloudy Bay for 25 years until he set up his own label Greywacke in 2009. The wines are now made at the Dog Point winery alongside his old Cloudy Bay mates, Ivan Sutherland and James Healy. Richard Ellis joined Greywacke a couple of years ago and now works alongside Kevin on all facets of the winemaking and marketing. Greywacke wines have quickly become established as one of Marlborough's best and it is easy to see Kevin's thoughtful and detailed approach to the wines coming through. Beautiful, well constructed and considered wines that offer plenty for the serious wine lover.               

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Sauvignon Blanc 2014     
The grape variety that really started it all for Kevin and ultimately led to Greywacke. A masterful wine that is a Marlborough benchmark. Kevin likes the grapes to be ripe 'golden' when picked. Basically all about the fruit - just a small portion of wild fermented juice makes up the blend. This is a Sauvignon Blanc delivering texture from some time on lees and flavours heading in the peach, citrus spectrum. No green or overtly tropical flavours here.   
$28.99    Special $24.99

Wild Sauvignon 2013     
From the same pool of vineyards and fruit as the Sauvignon Blanc, the difference here is in the winemaking. After crushing the fruit is added to older barrels and left to ferment naturally. The ferment is warm and slow, almost stopping over the winter months before re-starting in the Spring. Around 2/3 to 3/4 of the barrels undergo malo-lactic fermentation as well. Almost a year later the wine is racked off and left for a further 5 months on lees before bottling. Simple! The new release 2013 shows plenty of sweet herb, floral flavours and hints of sweet vanillia. Complex Sauvignon Blanc at its best.
$38.99    Special $34.99

Wild Sauvignon 2010 – From Greywacke Cellars        n/a
This has developed beautifully and has a smooth, rounded textural quality and tropical fruit flavours. Delicious!

Chardonnay 2012     
As with many top NZ Chardonnays, this has a high portion of Mendoza clone fruit, along with clone 95. Hand-picked fruit, naturally fermented in oak (20% new) and left on lees for 18 months with full malolactic. The higher natural acidity allows richness and holds the 14.5% alc very well. Flavours of vanilla bean, cashew nut, sweet grapefruit and some smokiness are all bound together into a
powerful Chardonnay that has seamless balance.  
$43.99    Special $38.99

Chardonnay 2010 – From Greywacke Cellars        n/a
This shows much more of the struck match, flinty characters along with grapefruit and melon. Still quite fresh tasting with plenty of life ahead

Pinot Gris 2013     
This is a very sophisticated wine, that stands well above the mass of Pinot Gris on the market. Picked when the fruit is really ripe and soft and the leaves are yellowing ( Kevin doesn't mind a bit of botrytis fruit in the mix). 75% of the blend was naturally fermented in old oak with no sulphur and allowed to oxidise a bit. Rich, luscious and off dry (10gms rs, 14% alc) there is plenty of the nougat and pear flavour we all look for  in Pinot Gris. 
$31.99    Special 27.99

Riesling 2013     
Again this wine has the influence of naturally fermented juice in older oak. Around 50% is fermented this way and the balance stainless steel with cultured yeast. This is very European in style with a textural quality seldom seen in NZ Rieslings. Although at 20 grams rs, this should taste medium, it actually tastes much drier. It starts off quite luscious, but then this is pulled back by acidity and fullnesss on the back palate. 
$31.99   Special $27.99

Pinot Noir 2013    
The aromas just jump out of the glass here. Finesse is the over-riding impression. Ripe black cherry, spice, and fragrant, almost floral notes. This could be described as "feminine" in style - it isn't dense or heavy, and is the better for that. Excellent wine 
$48.99    Special $43.99

Pinot Noir 2010 – From Greywacke Cellars        n/a
This is just starting to develop some of the earthy, forest floor characters. Still fresh and balanced and no hurry if you have some in your cellar.

Late Harvest Riesling 2011 (375ml)    
The late picked grapes were picked in two lots. The first on May 11th were ripe and botrytised, but a second pick on May 26th saw the sugar levels soar to 42 brix. The combination has resulted in a wine with freshness combined with richness. The fermentation was stopped, retaining 120 g/l residual sugar and an alcohol of 12.0%. The flavours are in the citrus and marmalade spectrum. 

$38.99    Special $34.99