2018 Greywacke Wild Sauvignon, Marlborough

2018 Greywacke Wild Sauvignon, Marlborough

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'A very complex and quite different style with plenty of reductive, flinty funk and toasted-lime zest, as well as clotted cream and passion fruit. The palate has a rich and fluid feel with plush, smoothly fleshy build and a sweeping, round finish.’ TOP 100 NZ WINES 2019, NickStock, jamessuckling.com, 94 Points

‘Retaining a healthy pale-yellow lustre. Loads of smoky charm, a measured dose of sulfides, toasty oak and lemon rind. A lovely wine. While concentrated and pure, there's a subtlety to it that takes it to a better place. Terrific winemaking.’ Nick Butler, therealreview.com, 95 Points

‘Succulent white peach, apricot and lemon curd flavors are wonderfully lush and complex, with whiffs of beeswax, powdered ginger and lemongrass that linger on a juicy frame.’ MaryAnn Worobiec, WINESPECTATOR.COM, 92 Points, 

‘Fermented in barrel using indigenous yeasts and transferred out of oak before the following harvest, with a further eight months on lees in tank. The lees, struck flint and subtle oak influence sit nicely alongside bright, herbal-dominant sauvignonblanccharacters.’ Bob Campbell MW, therealreview.com, 93 Points

Variety:  Sauvignon Blanc 
Vintage:  2017
Country:  New Zealand
Region:  Marlborough
Alcohol:  13.5%

Greywacke generally aims for riper fruit from lower-yielding vineyards, something which Judd believes sets them apart from other winemakers in the region. “We also use a large amount of wild fermentation which we believe enhances the floral, savoury and spice characters in our wine,” he explains. Their Pinor noir is sourced exclusively from hillside vineyards in the Southern Valleys – the difference in their wines coming from the variation in soil. “The soil is heavier (wind-blown loess clay over gravels) and coupled with the north-facing exposure and vine age (15-20 years old), the wines display rich, dark-fruit with fragrance, spice and silky tannins reflective of the site.”

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