Greywacke, the aromatics – exciting new wines from New Zealand

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Greywacke, the aromatics – exciting new wines from New Zealand

A few weeks back I reported on the lovely Greywacke Sauvignon Blanc, from Kevin Judd. Now I’ve had the chance to taste his ‘aromatics’: the term used in New Zealand to describe Riesling, Pinot Gris and Gewurztraminer.

Greywacke Riesling 2009 Marlborough, New Zealand
11.5% alcohol. From a single vineyard site in Fairhall. Delicate, fine, aromatic nose of lime, lemon, herbs and honey. The palate is off-dry with nice texture and sweet melon and lemon fruit, as well as some minerality. Good acidity. Really attractive. 90/100

Greywacke Pinot Gris 2009 Marlborough, New Zealand
14.5% alcohol. Complex and grapey on the nose with some herby smoky notes. The palate is fresh and spicy with rich texture. There’s a bit of pepper here, too, and a hint of sweetness, although it finishes dry and spicy. Lively, rich, fresh and enticing. 92/100

Greywacke Late Harvest Gewurztraminer 2009 Marlborough
From a single vineyard site in Brancott. 12% alcohol. Very sweet, melony and intense with lively pear and grape fruitiness and some spicy vitality. It’s not too musky, and the balance is just right between the sweetness and acidity. Delicious. 93/100

UK agent: Liberty Wines

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  1. Looks like they’re not available in the UK yet. Maybe Noel Young or Swig or someone’ll bring them in soon?

    BTW – Please get in touch re. tomorrow!

  2. Greywacke is all over the place. Providores on Marylebone High Street have it on their list and the Wine Company, Colchester certainly have the gewurz in half bottles

  3. Liberty import the Sauvignon Blanc and the Gewurztraminer halves. The Pinot Noir and ‘Wild’ Sauvignon Blanc (wild yeast, barrel-ferment) are due in the New Year. No eta on the Pinot Gris or Riesling as yet. Their customer service department will point you towards local stockists.

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