Greywacke – 2021 Sauvignon Blanc, 2019 Wild Sauvignon and 2019 Pinot Noir
NZ Sauvignon Blanc has had huge success since the 80s, it is the most planted and exported variety in NZ. Over the years, whilst a small group of winemakers are trying to keep up the quality and integral of Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc, the bulk wine market has done some damage to the overseas markets, and sommeliers have become nay-sayers to NZ Sauvignon Blanc. If you are one of them, who's losing faith in NZ Sauvignon Blanc, Greywacke Sauvignon Blanc 2021 will restore it and make you fall in love with NZ Sauvignon Blanc again. The intensity and layers of flavour are remarkable, truly exciting!
A snippet of Kevin's 2021 vintage report:
2020 winter in Marlborough was abnormally dry and warm, leading to an early spring and budburst ahead of normal. A few frosts coincided with the early budburst, led to reduced crop in some sites. Then cool, wet weather during flowering affected fruit set across the region and hot, dry conditions during summer further compounded the already reduced yields. The warm summer and moderate crops brought an early harvest. A small harvest produced vibrant flavours from a slightly warmer season than average, totalling 1360 GDD.
The Wild Sauvignon is arguably the signature wine for Greywacke, as it incorporates 30 years of developing an alternative and more complex style of Sauvignon Blanc. Kevin Judd began bottling an experimental wine with the 1992 vintage at Cloudy Bay, using grapes from the vineyard he and his wife Kimberley owned at the time. The wine, one of Marlborough's most sophisticated Sauvignon Blanc, sits comfortably in the upper echelon of the region. Complex, spicy and wild.https://greywacke.com/
FEATURED WINES IN THIS REVIEW
Greywacke Sauvignon Blanc 2021, MarlboroughSauvignon Blanc from New Zealand - MarlboroughReview Date : 07-Jul-2022Bright, even, pale yellow with a slight green sheen. The nose is soft and lifted with precision, with aromas of passionfruit and lime melded with elderflower, vine leaf and savoury yeasty elements. Medium-bodied, lime, passionfruit and elderflower lead the palate, unfolding vine leaf, white spice and subtle creaminess. The fruit shows depth and refinement; balanced, well-portioned and harmonious flavours flow effortlessly with vibrant yet lacy acidity. The mouthfeel is exquisite, fine-textured and lightly chalky. This is a refined, complex, sleek Sauvignon Blanc with excellent balance and complexity that excite the palate. Fruit from Southern Valleys and central Wairau Plains, machine harvested at night, mainly fermented in stainless steel with cultured yeast, a portion underwent indigenous yeast fermentation in old oak barrels; individual batches were left on lees for 4 months approx. 13.5% alc. 19.5-/20 pts (97 pts) July 2022 RRP $30
Greywacke Wild Sauvignon 2019, MarlboroughSauvignon Blanc from New Zealand - MarlboroughReview Date : 07-Jul-2022Bright, pale straw-yellow, even colour throughout. The nose is voluminous and complex, with vibrant fruit aromas enriched by flint, roasted hazelnuts underlying sweet florals. Medium-bodied, mouth-filling aromas of stonefruit, preserved lemon, crab apple jelly interweave spice, flint and toasty elements. The wine is complex with a broad spectrum of flavours; sweet and pure fruit lifted by slick spice and barrel-fermentation details. A stony backbone guided by vibrant acid tension to a long, spicy finish. This wild Sauvignon Blanc shows a complex range of flavours, spice, flint interest, and acid precision. Match with aged kingfish with ponzu and chicken with salsa verde over the next 8+ years. The fruit was sourced from Southern Valleys and Wairau Plains, machine and hand-harvested, lightly pressed, racked to primarily old French oak barriques, underwent indigenous yeast fermentation for over 6 months, occasional lees stirred, and 3/4 underwent MLF, after 11 months approx transferred out of oak, then left on lees for further 8 months. 14% alc. 19+/20 pts (96 pts) July 2022 RRP $40
Greywacke Pinot Noir 2019, MarlboroughPinot Noir from New Zealand - MarlboroughReview Date : 07-Jul-2022Deep ruby-red with a purple core, lighter on the rim. The nose is full, penetrating pure fruit aromas of black cherries, plums, dark herbs and spice cupboard. Medium-full bodied, mouth-filling and integrated on the palate, aromas of black cherries and plums show purity, adorned by an amalgam of spice, nutmeg, cinnamon and black pepper, alongside thyme and liquorice. The lifted spice added complexity and a prickly texture to the palate. Lacy acidity is integrated, injects freshness to the dark-toned wine, and carries fine-grained phenolics to a long, spicy finish. This is an enticing Pinot Noir with pure fruit, an amalgam of listed spices and a lengthy, fine palate. Match with lamb and wild boar over the next 8 years. Fruit from Southern Valleys and principally from Yarrum Vineyard, handpicked, hand-sorted, mostly destemmed into open-top fermenters with a percentage of whole bunches, cold-soaked, indigenous fermentation, aged in French oak barriques for 11 months, 30% new oak. 13.5% alc. 19/20 pts (95 pts) July 2022 RRP $49