Greystone 2015 ‘Erin’s’ Chardonnay and ‘Thomas Brothers’ Pinot Noir

15-Mar-2017
The ‘Erin’s’ Chardonnay and ‘Thomas Brothers’ Pinot Noir are the very best wines from Greystone in the Waipara Valley. The topography, exposure, north-west facing site, and limestone soils of ‘The Brothers Block’ has over the course of a decade proven to yield the finest fruit. At 130 meters, they are the highest and steepest planted vines in the Omihi vineyard established by viticulturist Nick Gill for proprietors Peter and Bruce Thomas. The fruit from this block go into the ‘reserve’ styled wines, the Pinot Noir named after Peter and Bruce, and the Chardonnay after Peter’s daughter. The 2013 vintage releases were spectacular (click here to see my reviews). Here I review the 2015 releases, from a drought year which yielded small bunches and tiny berries resulting in wines of intensity and concentration. Winemaker Dom Maxwell has incorporated his innovative techniques to further express ‘sense of place’. www.greystonewines.co.nz

FEATURED WINES IN THIS REVIEW

  • Greystone ‘Erin’s’ Waipara Valley Chardonnay 2015
  • Greystone ‘Thomas Brothers’ Waipara Valley Pinot Noir 2015

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