Greywacke Riesling 2019

SKU
GWRG201910 UCNZ
  • Bob Campbell: 92/100 "Lime zest, white flowers, struck-flint, oyster-shell and green apple characters."
  • sourced from mature vineyards in and around the Brancott Valley and the central Wairau Plains
  • Subtle sweetness and vivacious acidity skip in unison to produce a wine of finesse
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  • Vinous
    93 points
  • Huon Hooke
    92 points
  • Bob Campbell MW
    92 points
  • James Suckling
    91 points

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Tasting Profile

  • Light (Light)
    Full (Full)
  • Low Tannin (Low Tannin)
    Tannic (Tannic)
  • Sweet (Sweet)
    Dry (Dry)
  • Low Acidity (Low Acidity)
    High Acidity (High Acidity)
  • Aroma
    • Lemon
    • Lime
    • Mineral
  • Palate
    • Chalk
    • Honeydew
    • Lemon

Food Pairings

  • Asian
  • Fish
  • Shellfish

Critic Scores & reviews

  • Vinous

    93
    "‘From a vineyard that's more than 23 years old, this offers lovely depth, and the very gentle press regimen ensures that the wine retains its delicacy. A very fine and scintillating style, offering lifted aromas of violets, red apples and white talc. While there is residual sugar here lending juiciness on the midpalate, there's plenty of tension providing sinew and precision."
  • Huon Hooke

    92
    ""Light yellow hue, with a big sulfur whiff at first, over the top of honey and floral aromas, the bouquet reminding more of German wine than Antipodean. The wine is dry and lean in the mouth with good intensity and length. There is a tickle of sweetness at the core, a halbtrocken style perhaps, but the finish is dried off cleanly by vibrant acidity. A fine wine that should repay cellaring.""
  • Bob Campbell MW

    92
    ""Moderately intense, off-dry riesling with lime zest, white flowers, struck-flint, oyster-shell and green apple characters. The wine builds attractive sweet-and-sour tension. Power, purity and a mouth-watering finish.""
  • James Suckling

    91
    ""Smoke, steel and flowers with some subtle pear character follow through to a medium body, firm acidity and a flavorful finish. Drink or hold. Screw cap.""

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New Zealand

The New Zealand wine industry is one of the younger wine regions in the world, whose popularity grew immensely when Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc hit the world wine scene, quite unique in style when compared to the typical French Sancerre.

Wine is successfully cultivated on both the North and South islands from a latitude of 36 degrees in the North to 45 degrees for the most southerly wine region in the world, the South Island's Central Otago. The majority of regions are located in free-draining alluvial valleys except for Waiheke Island and Kawarau Gorge in Central Otago and benefit from the moderating effect of the maritime climate as no vineyard is more than 80 miles from the ocean. With plentiful sunshine hours and cool evening sea breezes, the grapes thrive.

Sauvignon Blanc is the major white variety people will think of when you mention New Zealand Whites, however fantastic Chardonnay, Riesling, Pinot Gris, Gewurztraminer and less commonly Viognier, Chenin Blanc and Pinot Blanc. Pinot Noir is the most widely planted red variety in New Zealand although Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot (Bordeaux Blends), Syrah are also grown and in even smaller amounts, Tempranillo and Montepulcianos can too be found. Sparkling wines of very high standards are also made in New Zealand.

The key wine regions in New Zealand include Auckland, Canterbury, Central Otago, Gisborne, Hawke's Bay, Marlborough and Nelson.

Marlborough

When it comes to New Zealand wine, the first thought that often comes to mind is Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc. This varietal has played a key role in propelling New Zealand onto the world wine stage.

Located in the northern part of the South Island, the region is centered around the town of Blenheim. In the past, the area was primarily used for sheep farming, but that all changed when Montana Wines planted their first vines in 1973. At the time, many believed the region was "too far south to grow good wine," but Marlborough proved them wrong. Although Central Otago has since claimed the title of the southernmost wine region in the country, Marlborough remains one of the most renowned.

The region boasts plenty of sunshine hours, relatively low rainfall, and cool temperatures, creating ideal conditions for producing world-class Sauvignon Blanc. Other white varieties grown in the region include Chardonnay, Riesling, Pinot Gris, Gewurztraminer, and Sparkling wines. While Pinot Noir is the dominant red variety grown in the region, it is typically lighter-bodied than those produced in Central Otago or Martinborough.

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About the brand Greywacke

Greywacke is the Marlborough label of pioneer winemaker Kevin Judd, and the fulfilment of a long-held dream. Kevin, although born in England and raised in Australia, his roots to New Zealand are strong. He studied winemaking at Roseworthy College and first made wine at Reynella in South Australia before moving to New Zealand in 1983 and joining Selaks Wines. Subsequently, he became the founding winemaker at Cloudy Bay, a pivotal role during which he directed the company’s first 25 vintages! In 2009 he finally established his own label, Greywacke, named after New Zealand’s prolific bedrock.

The name Greywacke was adopted by Kevin and his wife Kimberley for their first Marlborough vineyard located in Rapaura, named in recognition of the high prevalence of rounded greywacke river stones in the soils of the vineyard. Kevin registered the name back in 1993 with the vague notion that he might one day want to use it on a wine label of his own. This quality focused winemaking venture sources fruit from mature vineyards within the central Wairau Plains and the Southern Valleys. These prime viticultural sites are cultivated using yield restricting vineyard management techniques and intense canopy management regimes. A number of the vineyards are owned by the Sutherland family, while complementary grape parcels are acquired from additional select sites, all located within these sub-regions.

The wines are made by Kevin at Dog Point Winery in the lower Brancott Valley, a facility extended to him by long-standing friends and industry colleagues, Ivan Sutherland and James Healy. The Greywacke portfolio is primarily based on two varieties, Sauvignon Blanc and Pinot Noir, the Sauvignon Blanc being produced in two distinctly different styles. In addition to this core range of three wines, there are also limited-edition releases of Chardonnay, and Three aromatic varieties – Pinot Gris, Riesling and Gewurztraminer. Kevin’s signature vineyard photographs provide the unmistakable identity of the Greywacke range.

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