Greywacke 2011 Chardonnay and Pinot Noir
The growth experienced and recognition garnered by Kevin and Kimberley Judd’s ‘Greywacke’ label from Marlborough since its beginning in 2009 has been phenomenal. Those who understand the 25 years of experience Kevin had at the iconic Cloudy Bay winery and the quality of the fruit mostly from the Southern Valleys vineyards owned by friends Ivan and Margaret Sutherland, will not be surprised. The Greywacke style is at the cutting edge of style development with subtle complexities and textures that take the wines well-beyond straightforward fruit expression that is a hallmark of New Zealand wine.
It’s fascinating and simultaneously wonderful to compare the Judd’s Greywacke wines with the Dog Point wines of the Sutherlands and Healy’s who they are great mates and share the winemaking facilities with. Both labels share this path of evolution of complexity and texture, but the Greywacke wines to me have a greater sweetness of fruit, making them less strict and firm, and more accessible and rich. I don’t believe there’s any rivalry between these good friends, except in the consumers’ minds, but I’m sure the Judds, Sutherlands and Healys all enjoy comparing each other’s wines as much as I and many enthusiasts do. Here, I review the new 2011 burgundian varietal Chardonnay and Pinot Noir releases. www.greywacke.com
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Greywacke Marlborough Chardonnay 2011Chardonnay from New Zealand - MarlboroughReview Date : 02-Oct-2017Very pale straw colour, quite brilliant. The bouquet is very firm, concentrated and intense with density and real presence. Intense white stonefruits with deep flinty reductive notes. Quite elegant on palate, but rich and sweetly fruited. Lovely balance and style of deep stonefruits and complexing flint. Very fine textures and fresh, lacy acidity. The finish is quite remarkable in length. This is youthful, but its potential can be seen. 19.0+/20 Sep 2017 RRP $N/A Straw-yellow colour, this has a full, rich and complex bouquet of warming yellow stonefruit aromas fully integrated with gunflint notes, unveiling fine, lifted and refreshing herbal nuances. A soft, broad and mouthfilling wine, this unfolds ethereal waves of ripe yellow stonefruits, savoury florals, citrus detail and sulphide flinty elements. A firm core underlines the palate and the wine possesses great drive, with refined, soft textures and detailed length. The finish is marked by refreshing acid lift. This appears tighter than on last showing. 19.0-/20 Jun 2014 RRP $42.50 Bright, full golden straw-yellow with lemony hues, lighter on edge. The bouquet is full and open with a harmonious and complex melange of ripe white and yellow stonefruits intermixed with soft, flinty, mineral-like reduction and very subtle layers of citrus fruits, nuts and smoke. The aromas grow in depth and concentration and show a completeness. Full-bodied, full, broad and open flavours are the feature on the palate, with layers of stonefruits, citrus fruits, nuts and gunflint unfolding continuously. The mouthfeel is very refined, but there is alcoholic power and depth providing strong underlying drive, with fine, fresh, lacy acidity adding tension and an aspect of elegance. The flavours are carried to a full, long and sustained nutty, flinty finish. This is a very full, layered and complex, contemporary Chardonnay with power and fine freshness. Match with grilled and roasted seafood, poultry and pork over the next 5-6 years. Mainly Mendoza clone with clone 95, from Brancott, Fairhall and some Rapaura fruit, hand-picked and WBP, and barrel-fermented with indigenous yeasts to 14.5% alc., the wine aged 18 months in 20% new French oak barriques with some batonnage and full MLF. 19.0/20 Dec 2013 RRP $41.95
Greywacke Marlborough Pinot Noir 2011Pinot Noir from New Zealand - MarlboroughReview Date : 10-Dec-2013Bright, dark, deep ruby-red colour with youthful purple hues. This has a very full, voluminous nose, packed with aromas of ripe, dark raspberry fruit and dark plums, along with oak spices and liquorice elements that emerge in the glass. Medium-full bodied, the palate is full, open and broad with sweet, mouthfilling and accessible fruit flavours of dark raspberries and plums with layers of oak spices, savoury whole bunch herbs and raspberry liqueur. The tannin extraction is very fine and grows in the mouth to provide significant structure to balance the fruit richness. Soft acidity enhances the fullness and combines with the tannins to carry the palate to a long, lingering finish of dark berry fruit and herbs. This is a rich, full and open Pinot Noir with fine tannin structure supporting the fruit sweetness. Match with roasted red meats over the next 5-6+ years. Dijon clones 115, 777 and 667 with some clone 5 and 10/5 from the Southern Valleys, principally from the ‘Yarrum’ vineyard, hand-picked, given a cold soak and indigenous yeast fermented with a portion of whole clusters to 14.0% alc., the wine aged 15 months in 45% new French oak barriques. 18.5+/20 Dec 2013 RRP $47.95