Greylands Ridge 2013 Rosé and Pinot Noir

Although the Alexandra sub-region of Central Otago seems to attract less attention and recognition compared to the other districts, there is a growing excitement there with the increase of quality wines that showcase the area. Producers based in Alexandra see a distinctive style in the wines with plenty of structure and a concentration that results from the dry climate and wide diurnal temperature range. As growers and winemakers learn to respect what the vignoble provides, the wines have become more harmonious and pleasurable. Of note are the wines from Two Paddocks and Grasshopper Rock. Joining them is a bevy of others, including Greylands Ridge, the venture of Patrick and Judy Medlicott. They have a 4.2 ha vineyard on Letts Gully Road, established in 2002, producing their first wines in 2006, which were released in 2008. The wines, variations on rosé and table red, made by Antony Worch at Alexandra Vintners, are showing greater consistency and subtle improvements with every step. Here, I review the new 2013 vintage releases. Antony was very pleased with the vintage which shows terroir rather than the year in the reds, similar to 2011 in many ways. The Pinot Noir wines have the trademark Greylands Ridge florals and freshness, derived from the cooler site.


  • Greylands Ridge ‘Belle’ Central Otago Rosé 2013
  • Greylands Ridge Central Otago Blanc de Noir 2013
  • Ridgeback ‘Alex’ Central Otago Pinot Noir 2013
  • Greylands Ridge Central Otago Pinot Noir 2013

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