Its deceptive lack of colour in the glass betrays a punchy, aromatic wine. Oodles of elderflower and gooseberry on the nose with an almost spicy tomato leaf end note. This gives way to riper gooseberry and citrus on the palate, edged with minerality and rounded off by a beautiful acidity. Great with goats cheese salad or seafood risotto. 13.5%
Raymond Chan - NZ Wine Journalist:
"Greywacke is the wine label of Kevin and Kimberley Judd, established with the first vintage in 2009. The Judds are among the most respected wine people in Marlborough, and Kevin as the founding winemaker at Cloudy Bay has arguably been one of the most significant influencers in modern times in bringing global recognition to New Zealand as a country producing world-class wine during the 25 years he was there.
The name ‘Greywacke’ comes from the common, hard, sedimentary rock that is seen throughout vineyards in New Zealand, and prevalent in their own vineyard in Rapaura, since sold, over 10 years ago. The Judds registered the name 1993 with the notion it might become useful in the future. The first bottling of Cloudy Bay’s sophisticated alternative Sauvignon Blanc was in 1992, which was made from fruit from the Judds’ vineyard and labelled Cloudy Bay Sauvignon ‘Greywacke Vineyard’ followed by a bottling from the ‘Motukawa’ vineyard in 1994, before it eventually became ‘Te Koko’ with the 1996 vintage.
In fulfilling a long desire to establish their own venture and brand, Kevin and Kimberley teamed up with former Cloudy Bay colleagues and friends Ivan Sutherland and James Healy and their families who had already established the ‘Dog Point’ brand. In doing so, the Judds instantly had access to mature vineyards that the Sutherlands owned and managed, as well as the winemaking facilities of Dog Point, and the immense technical experience of James Healy. Just as important was that the Judds were working alongside their very good friends as they had for years, their families entwined in growing up."
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Decanter Tasting note:
‘Intriguing fenugreek seed and bacon fat aromas evolve into elderflower and citrus. On the palate, intense gooseberry and fenugreek dominate, with elderflower and honeysuckle providing some richness, followed up by slight mineral notes. Although vibrant, the acidity is kept in check, making this a well balanced wine.’
91 points, James Button, Decanter