Greystone 2016 Sauvignon Blanc, Sea Star Riesling, Sand Dollar and Pinot Gris

Although much of the focus at Greystone in the Waipara Valley is on Pinot Noir, and how indigenous yeast fermentation in the vineyard lends these wines a true sense of place, the same process is occurring more subtly with the white wines. Winemaker Dom Maxwell is "amazed to witness the evolution in character of the whites”. It is the aromatic white wines that arguably put Greystone on the New Zealand wine lovers’ minds, and the Greystone crew I’m sure are pleased to know that these followers have enjoyed the journey. I for one see mote individuality and textural qualities in the wines, and the flavours reflecting the soils from which they originate. A number of the whites carry names which give a clue to the soil types, such as ‘Sea Star’ Riesling and ‘Sand Dollar’ Pinot Gris. Here, I review four 2016 vintage Greystone white wines which are deemed to show a "greater sense of place”. What I have picked up is an expression of minerality that is common to all of the wines that surely is the representation of origin.


  • Greystone Waipara Valley ‘Barrel Fermented’ Sauvignon Blanc 2016
  • Greystone ‘Sea Star’ Waipara Valley Riesling 2016
  • Greystone ‘Sand Dollar’ Waipara Valley Pinot Gris 2016
  • Greystone Waipara Valley Pinot Gris 2016

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