James Suckling 96
"A spunky chardonnay. There's seductive flinty complexity on the nose, surrounding bright citrus and nectarine fruits, spicy oak and a raw, chalky edge. The palate has folds of beautifully ripe fruit all coiled close. It delivers length and power with an air of classy elegance. Toasted-hazelnut finish. Magic stuff."~JS
Wine Spectator 92
"Distinctive and complex, with a mix of candied orange peel, buttered popcorn, fig, lemon meringue and apricot flavors. Smooth and succulent, presenting a long, juicy finish. Drink now through 2025."
Wine Advocate 91
"The 2011 Chardonnay is redolent of apricots, pineapple and toast, with attractive hints of struck match, cashews and cedar. Full, flavorsome and voluptuous in the mouth, there’s a wonderful creaminess to the texture complimented by rich, apricot and nut flavors before it finishes with great length. 91+ points"
" A bright fragrance of Clementine orange, fresh limes and a honeyed floral sweetness mingle with rich almond butter and a flinty, mealy savouriness reminiscent of freshly mown meadow hay. The palate is smooth and textural with lemon and grapefruit top notes wound into a warm marmalade brioche. An intricate flavor profile with a sense of subtlety that amplifies to a wine of powerful dimension. " ~ Winery notes
GreywackeView all from Greywacke
Greywacke is the Marlborough label of Kevin Judd, and the fulfilment of a long held dream. 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.