Greystone 2015 Waipara Chardonnay and Pinot Noir

10-Oct-2016
Greystone has been operating from its Omihi site with limestone and clay soils since 2004, and in the time of less than a decade has taken its place as one of the leading producers in the Waipara Valley. This is due in a large part to the viticultural skills of Nick Gill and winemaking talent of Dom Maxwell, and the latitude and foresight of the Thomas family owners. With the arrival of Nik Mavromatis in the commercial manager role, the label has taken a further step forward, especially in the international markets. All of the wines made are of extremely high quality, and I’m a fan of the aromatic whites especially. But the Burgundian varietals of Chardonnay and Pinot Noir are particularly suited to the soils, the Pinot Noir accounting for more than 50% of the vineyard followed by Chardonnay, and exciting bottles of each have always been produced. Here, I review the 2015 Chardonnay and Pinot Noir, the vintage a small, but high quality one. The 2015 Chardonnay reminds Dom Maxwell of the 2013, and the Pinot Noir of the 2010, the fruit requiring gentle handling in a year with the propensity for robust tannins. www.greystonewines.co.nz

FEATURED WINES IN THIS REVIEW

  • Greystone Waipara Valley Chardonnay 2015
  • Greystone Waipara Valley Pinot Noir 2015

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