14 Aug Greywacke
winery: Greywacke (pronounced “gray-wack-ee”)
grape: Sauvignon Blanc
region: Marlborough, New Zealand
Winemaker Kevin Judd is considered the pioneer of the New Zealand wine industry. Born in England and trained in Australia, Kevin moved to New Zealand and became the founding winemaker at Cloudy Bay in the early 1980’s. Over the 25 years he made wine at this iconic winery, he paved the way for New Zealand to become a world renown wine region, with their flagship Sauvignon Blanc grape producing internationally unique and bold wines. Now, he makes wines for other smaller wineries as well as has his own, Greywacke. Here, Judd focuses on Sauvignon Blanc, but he also produces Chardonnay, Riesling, Pinot Gris and Pinot Noir. The winery name refers to hard gray colored sandstone – “wacke” – found everywhere in New Zealand.
Kevin Judd’s tasting notes
“A vibrant mix of nectarines, yellow peaches and cassis combines with the bright fragrance of lemon zest laced with musky, jasmine-like floral nuances. The palate is packed with ripe stone fruit, melons and mandarin creating a succulent tropical-fruited style with that classic Marlborough zing.”
91 points, Wine Enthusiast – “This wine captures the passion fruit notes typical of Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc, then underscores them with a silky textural element. Hints of white nectarine and celery stalk add nuance to the long, white-grapefuit-inflected finish.”
91 points, Vinous / Antonio Galloni – “100% done in stainless steel: Pale, bright yellow. Very ripe stone fruit and pineapple aromas are lifted by flowers, dusty brown spices and anise. Plush, round and slightly sweet, but with nicely integrated acidity giving shape to the peach, grapefruit, white pepper and nutmeg flavors. Wonderfully generous, fine-grained wine with a light touch and superb rising length. The wine’s tactile finishing notes of dusty stone and ginger leave the salivary glands humming. In a distinctly ripe style but a beauty.”
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