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Greystone 2017 Pinot Gris and Riesling, and 2016 Pinot Noir

10 November,2017

One of the Waipara Valley’s premier wine producers, the Greystone wine releases are eagerly anticipated by many keen wine consumers, and no doubt by critics. The Thomas family’s vineyard on the Omihi Hills is north-facing and features limestone in the upper areas and clay downslope, this allowing a range of varieties to perform well. The vines, planted in 2004 yielded their first commercial crop in 2008. In the short time since then, the work of viticulturist Nick Gill and winemaker Dom Maxwell have seen the Greystone wines gain critical acclaim. The flagship ‘Erin’s’ Chardonnay and ‘The Brothers’ Pinot Noir are among my best reviewed wines (click here to see my notes on the 2015 releases). The aromatic whites are particularly successful and Dom’s work with vineyard ferments is ground breaking. The aim is to have the wines show a sense of place. I believe the Greystone wines do this. Here, I review the new release 2017 Pinot Gris and Riesling, and 2016 Pinot Noir. www.greystonewines.co.nz

FEATURED WINES IN THIS REVIEW



Greystone Waipara Valley North Canterbury Pinot Gris 2017

Pinot Gris from New Zealand – Canterbury & Waipara

18.5/20

Bright, even straw-yellow colour with pale golden hues. The nose is softly rich and concentrated with well-packed aromas of white and yellow stonefruits along with honied notes and yellow florals, and a suggestion of spice. Dry to taste and medium-full bodied, the palate has soft, rich flavours of white and yellow stonefruits and subtle notes of honey and exotic florals. The palate has a rounded and unctuous texture with balanced, integrated acidity, underlined by some alcoholic power and drive. The wine flows smoothly to a lingering finish of stonefruits and honey. This is a softly rich and unctuous dry Pinot Gris with stonefruit, honey and floral flavours with good drive and smooth flowing linearity. Match with Asian and Middle Eastern cuisine over the next 3-4 years. Fruit picked over 4 passes, fermented in tank with 15% in seasoned French oak puncheons and barriques to 13.5% alc. and 4.1 g/L RS, wine aged 4 months on lees undergoing batonnage. Certified AsureQuality organic. 18.5/20 Nov 2017 RRP $27.00

Greystone Waipara Valley North Canterbury Riesling 2017

Riesling from New Zealand – Canterbury & Waipara

18.5+/20

Bright, light straw-yellow with slight golden tints, pale on the rim. The nose is elegantly concentrated with a taut and fine core of lime and lemonade fruit along with honied notes, white florals and saline elements entwined with minerals. Medium-dry to medium to taste, and light-medium bodied, the palate has deeply intense and penetrating flavours of sweetly ripe citrus fruits melded with exotic white florals, honied and musk notes and mineral detail. The mouthfeel is bright, lively and zesty, with fresh, lacy acidity, the wine flowing along a smooth, unctuous line with some fine, balancing textures. The wine carries to a long and sustained finish of stonefruits and honey. This is a beautifully intense, medium-dry Riesling with exotic citrus, floral and honied flavours on an unctuous, but refreshing palate. Serve with fresh fruit or mildly spicy Asian fare over the next 4+ years. Hand-picked fruit from three blocks, over 4 passes, yielding15% botrytis, fermented to 12.0% alc. and 22.3 g/L RS, TA 8.43 g/L and pH 3.13. Certified AsureQuality organic. 18.5+/20 Nov 2017 RRP $27.00

Greystone Waipara Valley North Canterbury Pinot Noir 2016

Pinot Noir from New Zealand – Canterbury & Waipara

19-/20

Moderately dark, deep ruby-red colour with slight purple hues, lighter on the edge and youthful in appearance. The nose is softly full and voluminous with harmoniously melded layers of ripe, dark-red and black berried fruits entwined with subtle dark herb and earthy complexities, along with lifted violet florals. Medium-full bodied, the palate has mouthfilling, rich and ripe flavours of dark-red and black berried fruits, unfolding subtle dark herbs, lifted florals and savoury, earthy detail. The flavours are harmoniously integrated, forming a softly sweet, packed heart. The fruit is balanced by very fine-grained, flowery tannin extraction providing excellent structure and a degree of finesse to the mouthfeel. The acidity is ripe and balanced, and the wine carries to a full, nuanced, lively finish. This is a rich, ripe Pinot Noir with a harmoniously integrated palate with dark-red and black fruits, soft, savoury herbal notes with floral and earthy detail, on a smooth, fine-structured palate. Match with wild duck and pork dishes, and lamb, beef and venison over the next 6-8 years. Hand-picked and sorted fruit indigenous yeast fermented with low levels of whole bunch, and a portion in the vineyard to 14.0% alc., the wine aged 11 months in 30% new French oak. 19.0-/20 Nov 2017 RRP $42.90

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