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Greenhough ‘Hope Vineyard’ 2017 Sauvignon Blanc, 2016 Chardonnay and 2014 Riesling

13 July,2018

The ‘Greenough Vineyards’ label of Andrew Greenhough and Jenny Wheeler is regarded as one of the Nelson district’s best. Coming from Auckland in 1990, Andrew and Jenny purchased a 4 ha property on Paton Road in Hope with some established vines planted in the 1970s. Andrew and Jenny recognised the importance of these old vines, building up their health and expanding the plantings to varieties deemed suitable to the land and the region. Nowadays, the ‘Hope’ vineyard is 9 ha, planted to Pinot Noir, Riesling, Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc, along with some Pinot Blanc and Gewurztraminer. The old vines are ungrafted. Andrew and Jenny also draw fruit from the neighbouring ‘Morison’ vineyard, its 4 ha of vines established in 2000 by them. Though not owners of this vineyard, they have managed it continuously from the start, sourcing the fruit on a lease basis. It has Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay and Pinot Noir planted. Both vineyards are certified BioGro organic.

The Greenhough annual production of up to 7,500 cases of wine puts them in the boutique or small winemaker category, and as intimated above, the quality is very high. The flagship wines are labelled ‘Hope Vineyard’ and are made from selections of fruit, usually from the oldest vines, and the output is only 1,000 cases in total. The Greenhough ‘Nelson’ wines are made from fruit from both the ‘Hope’ and ‘Morison’ vineyard together. Andrew and Jenny have Cameron Trott as their winemaker, a title that no doubt does little justice to what his work entails in the vineyard and winery. Here, I review the ‘Hope Vineyard’ 2017 Sauvignon Blanc, 2016 Chardonnay and 2014 Riesling. www.greenhough.co.nz


Greenhough ‘Hope Vineyard’ Nelson Sauvignon Blanc 2017

Sauvignon Blanc from New Zealand – Nelson


Bright, light golden-yellow colour, paler on the rim. The nose is elegantly concentrated with a very firm and tightly bound core with fruit aromas of green stonefruits melded with fresh herbs, nuances of stalks, cut-grass and nettles and a suggestion of green beans, unveiling greengages and nectarines, and nutty oak. This has layers of complexity. Dry to taste and medium-full bodied, the palate has a tight, deep and intense core of concentrated flavours of green stonefruits entwined with fresh herbs, stalks and cut-grass unfolding greengage and nettle notes. The fruit flows along a very fine-textured line with a degree of unctuousness, balanced by refreshing acidity. The wine has very good linearity and carries to a long, lingering finish of green stonefruits. This is a complex, oak-influenced Sauvignon Blanc with green stonefruits and cool-spectrum flavours on a palate with fine textures and very good linearity. Match with herb-marinated poultry, pork and veal dishes over the next 3-4 years. Fruit from the ‘Hope’ vineyard, 35% given 48 hours skin contact and indigenous yeast warm barrel-fermented with high solids to 13.15% alc. and 2.5 g/L RS, the wine aged 8 months in 17% new 228 L French oak, the wine undergoing MLF. Certified BioGro organic. 18.0+/20 Jul 2018 RRP $31.00

Greenhough ‘Hope Vineyard’ Nelson Chardonnay 2016

Chardonnay from New Zealand – Nelson


Bright, even, light golden-yellow colour with lemon-green hues, lighter edged. The nose is softly rich with a layering of aromatics, featuring a deep heart of ripe white and yellow stonefruits along with citrus fruit melded with creamy barrel-ferment and nutty oak, with some butterscotch MLF adding detail and richness. Medium-full bodied, the palate has a sweetly rich, but elegantly concentrated heart with flavours of ripe yellow stonefruit, citrus fruit and tropical fruit interwoven with creamy barrel-ferment and spicy, nutty oak. The palate richness and depth is enhanced by some butterscotch MLF flavours. The wine has good proportion and line, and flows along a fine-textured line with balanced, fresh acidity, leading to a long finish. This is an elegantly concentrated Chardonnay with sweetly rich stonefruit flavours, creamy and nutty oak and buttery MLF, with good proportion and linearity and very fine textures. Serve with roasted pork over the next 4+ years. Hand-picked fruit from the ‘Hope’ vineyard, clones Mendoza and 15, WBP and indigenous yeast barrel-fermented with high solids to 13.8% alc., the wine aged 11 months in 50% 1 y.o. French oak barriques, undergoing batonnage and 100% MLF. Certified BioGro organic. 18.5/20 Jul 2018 RRP $36.00

Greenhough ‘Hope Vineyard’ Nelson Riesling 2014

Riesling from New Zealand – Nelson


Bright, pale straw colour with slight green hues, youthful in appearance. The bouquet is beautifully refined and elegant in proportion, with intense and concentrated aromas of lime fruit harmoniously entwined with complex toasty notes and a layer of minerals. Kerosene elements emerge in the glass. This possesses a steely, mouthwatering aspect. Dry to taste and light-medium bodied, the palate is elegant in proportion with a fine, tightly concentrated core of lime fruit entwined with lemon, honey and toast, along with secondary mineral and kersosene complexities. The wine flows smoothly along a fine-textured line of fruit extract, with fresh, lacy acidity lending energy and refreshing tension. The wine leads to a very long and sustained, complex-nuanced finish. This is an elegantly concentrated complex dry Riesling with lime fruit and secondary toast, mineral and kero notes on a fine-textured line. Serve as an aperitif and with seafood over the next- years. Hand-picked fruit from the ‘Hope’ vineyard, old vines, WBP with 25% cold macerated for 48 hours, the juice cool-fermented in stainless-steel to 12.0% alc. and 11.5 g/L RS, TA 6.75 g/L and pH 3.0. Certified BioGro organic. 18.5+/20 Jul 2018 RRP $26.00

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