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Excellent Cameron Douglas MS
93 Points
5 Stars Michael Cooper
Staff Pick
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5 Stars

Unique and Complex Barrel Fermented Waipara Sauvignon Blanc

  • Closure: Screw Cap
  • Unit: Each
  • Volume: 750ml
  • Alcohol: 13.5%
  • Grape: 100% Sauvignon Blanc
  • Natural: Organic, Vegan Friendly

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Unique and Complex Barrel Fermented Waipara Sauvignon Blanc

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Greystone produce an outstanding Sauvignon Blanc. You could say it's an enhanced rendition of New Zealand's favourite variety. Naturally fermented in French oak barrels with wild yeasts. Partial malolactic fermentation contributes complexity through the palate with rich fruit expression. The wine was naturally settled in barrel post fermentation, then blended and bottled on site without fining. The resulting wine shows fantastic richness on the palate yet it retains a lithe freshness throughout.

Winery notes (2022 Vintage)
"This exquisite wine pours a pale Lemon hue, inviting you to explore its full aromatic display. The nose is filled with a delightful bouquet of citrus, tropical fruits, and warm hay, all coming together in perfect harmony. Subtle oak complexity adds an additional layer of depth and character to the nose. On the palate, this wine impresses with its concentration and texture, showcasing the ripeness of the fruit. Fresh acidity provides a crisp and refreshing backbone that carries the wine to a long mineral finish, leaving a lasting impression on the senses. Ripe fruit flavours continue throughout, revealing layers of complexity and depth that linger long after the last sip.

Once picked and in the winery we then gently crush the fruit and settle it to remove the heavy solids – this means we get very clean fruit flavours in the wine. After crush we run the juice to old French barriques for fermentation. This wild and barrel ferment means a lot more work for our winemaking team, however the small barrels allow the acidity to soften and exposes the wine to greater yeast lees- giving us more creaminess on the palate. The wild natural ferment (we don't add commercial yeasts or in fact anything during ferment) is slower and allows greater complexity of flavour – and creamy malolactic ferment adds more texture on the finish. Something a little different but we think the quality of this fruit deserves the extra love in the winery.

Unlike most NZ Sauvignon this wine actually benefits from further aging. As it ages the primary fruit flavours lessen and you tend to get more aromas of crushed oyster shell and flint. Best drunk now through 2028. We love this wine with rich seafood, particularly crayfish, salmon, scallops or prawns. Try it with Toro (Tuna Belly) or Salmon Sashimi or, if you're a bit more adventurous, Kaikoura Crayfish grilled over an open fire at the beach. If you're short of time, battered Bluff oysters with tartare sauce also works nicely."

5 Stars Michael Cooper, April 2023 (2022 Vintage)
"Certified organic, the highly distinctive 2022 vintage was fermented with indigenous yeasts and matured for eight months in seasoned French oak barriques. Bright, light yellow/green, it has a fragrant, ripe, complex bouquet. Mouthfilling and sweet-fruited, it has concentrated, tropical fruit characters, gently seasoned with oak, layers of flavour, balanced acidity and a dry, long finish. Full of personality, it's a drink now or cellaring proposition."

Rated Excellent & 93/100 Cameron Douglas MS, April 2023 (2022 Vintage)
"There’s an elegant calm quality to the bouquet as the scents touch the nose then aromas of sweet hay and wild flowers, yellow stone fruits and a core of chalky limestone minerality. Delicious on the palate with a crisp mineral and acid tingle, fruit flavours of apple and citrus then some peach and the same core minerality suggested in the bouquet. Chalky textures with acidity suggest some tannin layers. An excellent example, tasty, textured, varietal and lengthy. Best drinking from day of purchase through 2027."

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Greystone Wines is a family-owned vineyard located in the Waipara wine region in Canterbury, New Zealand. Since its establishment, the vineyard has quickly gained a reputation for producing some of the finest wines in the region, particularly their award-winning Pinot Noir and Chardonnay.

The vineyard is situated on the slopes of the Teviotdale Hills, which provide an ideal microclimate for growing grapes. The soils are rich in limestone, which gives the wines a unique mineral character. Greystone Wines is committed to sustainable viticulture practices, and they use a range of organic and biodynamic methods to manage their vineyards. They also have a strong focus on low-intervention winemaking, which allows the grapes to express their natural terroir.

The winery produces a range of wines, including Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc, Riesling, and Pinot Gris. As mentioned, all of the wines are made using traditional methods, with a focus on minimal intervention and maximum expression of the vineyard's unique terroir.

One of the standout wines from Greystone Wines is their Pinot Noir. Past recognition includes being judged Best International Pinot Noir by Decanter Magazine, with its complex nose of dark fruit, spice, and earthy undertones and a palate that is rich and full-bodied. The Chardonnay is another standout, with a beautiful balance of fruit and acidity, and a long, elegant finish.

Visitors to the vineyard can enjoy tastings and tours, and there is also a restaurant on site that serves locally sourced, seasonal food. The vineyard's stunning location, coupled with their commitment to sustainability and low-intervention winemaking, makes Greystone Wines a must-visit destination for wine lovers visiting the Waipara region.
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