Greystone Waipara Chardonnay 2014

29-Jun-2015
Greystone has a reputation for exceptionally fine wine across all of the varietals grown, with the aromatic whites and Pinot Noir being the stars. But as the market has come back to Chardonnay in the last few years, the Greystone bottling has returned to the limelight. The Greystone wines are classical expressions, but I sense that winemaker Dom Maxwell is becoming a little more adventurous with technique and style. With Pinot Noir, the use of natural vineyard fermentation has led to increased complexities and textures. With Chardonnay, there’s indigenous yeast barrel-fermentation with solids, lees-stirring and MLF conversion for increased interest. For the 2014 vintage which potentially could have resulted in lighter wines, Dom has utilised a portion of whole bunch fermentation in open top barrels to increase complexity and structure. Is this the next phase in Greystone’s evolution – the subtle, but positive incorporation of risk, and funky inputs? www.greystonewines.co.nz

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