The Greywacke Pinot Gris is a luscious, rich, drier style (11 gms). Made like a Chardonnay but with no-malo as the very ripe grapes were already quite low in acidity. Golden fruits – pears, apricot, a bit of ginger spice. This is a bit of a ‘hidden treasure’ in the Greywacke range.
Winery notes (2018 Vintage)
"Whiffs of a virtual cake shop: raspberry lamingtons, strawberry compote and vanilla cream, Turkish delight and candied quince, sticky figs and smoky manuka honey. The palate is silky and sumptuous – an off-dry, textural wine of intense richness, laced with a citrusy, sherbet-like zest."
91/100 Rebecca Gibb MW, Vinous (2018 Vintage)
"An opulent Pinot Gris with its full-bodied, voluptuous texture. Despite the difficult weather conditions, this wine has overcome the season's challenges; there are rich flavors of jasmine, honey, figs, roses and pears. More sumptuous than sleek, with just enough grip on the finish to provide structure."
4 ½ Stars Michael Cooper (2018 Vintage)
"Grown in the Brancott Valley and at Rapaura, the powerful 2018 vintage was handled for five months in old oak barrels. Ripely scented and weighty, it has concentrated stone-fruit and spice flavours, gentle sweetness, fresh acidity, a slightly oily texture, and obvious potential for cellaring; open 2022+."
Reviews for previous vintages below…
5 Stars & 94/100 Sam Kim, Wine Orbit, December 2019 (2017 Vintage)
"Offering gorgeous ripe flavours together with spicy nuances, the wine shows golden peach, baked fig, orange peel, pear and rich floral aromas on the nose. The palate is equally satisfying with rich texture and creamy mouthfeel, backed by bright acidity, finishing long and delicious. Generous and terrific drinking. At its best: now to 2025."
93/100 Cameron Douglas MS, August 2019 (2017 Vintage)
"Vibrant and expressive bouquet with aromas of white spice and pear skin, poached red apple and wild flowers. With some residual sweetness and gently warming alcohol the texture is gently creamy even oily, then fruity. Contrasted by medium+ acidity and weight and flavours that reflect the nose. Balanced and well made with a lengthy finish and immediate enjoyability. Drink now and through 2022."
5 Stars & 95/100 Bob Campbell MW, The Real Review, May 2018 (2016 Vintage)
"Fresh, fruity and flavoursome pinot gris with tree fruit, apple and pear flavours, plus a seasoning of ginger and nut characters from yeast autolysis. The palate has an initial tease of sweetness but finishes dry. Delicious pinot gris – great now but no rush. Drink 2018 – 2022."
92/100 Gary Walsh, The Wine Front, September 2018 (2016 Vintage)
"Tropical fruit, savoury and cheesy stuff, viscous and laced with honey and assorted tropical fruits, into off-dry, but balanced, nougat and floral finish, with some grip and tension to round it out. Good style."