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Greystone 2018 Rosé and Thistle Ridge Pinot Noir 2017

19 October,2018

The Thomas family owned Greystone winegrowing business is multi-tiered and multi-branded, an essential approach in being successful in the marketplace when there are a number of wines being made, thus aiming for different niches.  The Greystone label is premium, and the sibling Muddy Water brand has certified organics as its heart.  There is also the secondary Thistle Ridge’ label of Greystone made to be representative of the limestone soils but retaining an accessible price.  Here, I review the 2018 Greystone Rosé and 2017 Thistle Ridge Pinot Noir.


Greystone Waipara Valley North Canterbury Rosé 2018

Rose from New Zealand – Canterbury & Waipara


Bright, pale crimson-pink colour with slight purple hues, lighter on the rim. The nose is intense with taut and tightly bound fruit aromas of bright and fragrant cherry fruit along with subtle notes of raspberries and thirst-quenching herb and mineral nuances. The aromatics show excellent penetration, clarity and depth. Dryish to taste, the palate is crisp and refreshing with good intensity of tightly bound flavours of perfumed cherry fruit with raspberries, red florals and subtle nuances of herbs and minerals. The mouthfeel is lively with zesty acidity, and the wine flows along a very fine-textured line. Mouthwatering floral ad mineral notes feature as the wine carries to a long, sustained, crisp finish. This is a bright and refreshing, aromatic dryish rosé with cherry, raspberry and floral fruit with mineral notes and a very fine-textured line. Serve as an aperitif, with canapés and Asian fare over the next 2 years. Pinot Noir fruit, clones 5, 115, 667, 777 and Abel, hand-picked and hand-sorted, given 24 hours skin contact and direct to press and fermented in stainless-steel to 13.0% alc. and 7.4 g/L RS. Certified BioGro organic. 18.5/20 Oct 2018 RRP $25.00

Thistle Ridge North Canterbury Pinot Noir 2017

Pinot Noir from New Zealand – Canterbury & Waipara


Ruby-red colour with a little depth, lighter edged. The nose is softly packed with a firm core of dark-red cherry and berry fruit entwined with dark herbs and a suggestion of earth, nutty oak and minerals. The aromatics are softly presented. Medium-bodied, the palate has restrained fruit flavours of dark-red cherry and berry fruit melded with dark herbs, earth and minerals, unfolding red floral elements. The flavours are integrated and harmoniously interwoven, and the fruitis underlined by soft, supple tannin extraction and integrated acidity. The flavours carry to a gentle finish. This is a light and softly presented Pinot Noir with cherry, berry and herbal flavours with earth and mineral hints on an integrated, smooth, supple palate. Serve with tapas, pasta and pizza over the next 2-3 years. North Canterbury fruit fermented with approx. 5% whole bunches to 12.5% alc., the wine predominantly aged 10 months in seasoned oak with a portion aged in tank. 16.5+/20 Oct 2018 RRP $22.00

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