Greystone and Thistle Ridge 2014 Waipara Pinot Noir

13-Jul-2015
The Thomas family first established their Greystone winegrowing venture with a vineyard on the banks of the Waipara River but relocated to their Omihi Hills property with limestone and clay soils, releasing their first wines from the hillside vines with the 2008 vintage. In the short time since, Greystone has now become regarded as one of the leading producers in North Canterbury, this being attributed to the wonderful viticultural work of Nick Gill, and adventurous winemaking of Dom Maxwell. Pinot Noir is the focus, though all of the wines have proven to be successful for the Thomas family owners. Recently, I reviewed the limited availability top tier ‘The Thomas Brothers’ ‘Reserve’ Pinot Noir from the 2013 vintage (click here to see my review). It is a spectacular wine. It incorporates a percentage of wine which was indigenous yeast fermented in situ in the vineyard, a technique that Dom Maxwell finds particularly good for providing increased complexity and texture. Here I review the new release 2014 ‘estate’ and second tier ‘Thistle Ridge’ Pinot Noirs. www.greystonewines.co.nz

FEATURED WINES IN THIS REVIEW

  • Thistle Ridge Waipara Pinot Noir 2014
  • Greystone Waipara Valley Pinot Noir 2014

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