‘Kevin Judd is arguably the most famous exponent of Sauvignon Blanc on the planet…he knows how to invest the variety with considerable complexity, using wild yeast to add extra nuances to the exotic lime, gooseberry and stone fruit flavours. Long and very satisfying.’ 93 Points, Tim Atkin, TIMATKIN.COM
Forget flamboyant Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc; this restrained example is a pure and elegant expression sourced from both the Wairau Valley and an elevated site in the upper Awatere. It offers delicate aromas of elderflower, nettles, chamomile and citrus. Light to medium in body, a short period on lees has brought a textural element to the mid-palate, before the fresh but balanced acidity provides a flourish on the finish. Rebecca Gibb Master Of Wine, for Decanter Magazine
Attractively-scented and flavoursome sauvignon blanc with grapefruit, tree fruit, nectarine, root ginger and delicately nutty yeast lees characters. Good purity and power. A first-class sauvignon blanc. (Screwcap)
Score: 95 ★★★★★ BOB CAMPBELL MW
‘Intense gooseberry and fenugreek dominate, with elderflower and honeysuckle providing some richness, followed up by slight mineral notes.’ 91 Points, James Button, DECANTER MAGAZINE (UK)
‘Fresh grass, bay leaves and wild thyme-led nose with hints of lime leaves and lemongrass…lovely creaminess to the texture, great intensity.’ 90 Points, Lisa Perrotti-Brown, EROBERTPARKER.COM
‘Citrus and green fruits, including some candied green fig…managing to be both mouth-filling, almost a little viscous, and intensely fresh at the same time.’ 17 Points, Julia Harding, JANCISROBINSON.COM
Country: New Zealand Region: Marlborough
Varietal: Sauvignon Blanc
Vintage: 2017 Colour: White Style: Dry
Producer: Kevin Judd
Created from select parcels of fruit grown in prime vineyard sites; this is a deliciously aromatic, finely balanced wine. An exuberant style, steeped in grapefruit, lemon and stone fruit character – a sauvignon blanc with considerable concentration and minerality, yet retaining the freshness and zest expected of the variety. This is a mouth-filling, multi-layered wine with considerable ripeness and palate structure, balanced by juicy acidity and a refreshingly crisp flinty finish.
Ageing Potential: 1-4 Years
Aromatic nose of ripe exotic fruits. Full-bodied with full flavours of apples and pears leading to a long finish. This is a lovely wine with breed and class. Very well priced.
Food Matches: Seafood / Shellfish / Turkey / Aperitif
Kevin Judd is one of Marlborough’s pioneer winemakers whose career is intrinsically linked with the global profile of New Zealand wine. Kevin was born in England and grew up in Australia, where he studied winemaking at Roseworthy College and first made wine at Reynella in South Australia. He moved to New Zealand in 1983 and joined 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 established his own label, Greywacke, named after New Zealand’s prolific bedrock. Alongside winemaking, Kevin has developed a parallel career in photography. For over two decades his evocative images have appeared in countless publications worldwide. His first book was the The Colour of Wine, a photographic essay on the vineyards of Marlborough. His second book The Landscape of New Zealand Wine was published in 2009 to considerable acclaim. Kevin and Kimberley live in the Omaka Valley overlooking Marlborough’s picturesque vineyards, the inspiration for both his passions.
THE NAME New Zealand does not have a designated national rock, but if one was ever chosen it would have to be greywacke (pron: grey-wacky). This drab grey stone is found everywhere in New Zealand – on the mountains, in the rivers, on the beaches. It consists of layers of hard, muddy grey sandstone alternating with thinner layers of darker mudstone (argillite). Technically the term greywacke refers to the sandstone (wacke is a German name for a type of sandstone), but it is also used as a general term for the entire rock. Greywacke (Grauwacke) was first used in the 18th century to describe rocks in the Harz Mountains of Germany. Ernest Dieffenbach, a German scientist who travelled widely in New Zealand between 1839 and 1841, was the first person to use it for local rocks. English geologists regarded greywacke as an uncouth foreign term, but it was adopted in Scotland. Archibald Geikie’s textbook of geology, published in 1903, gave descriptions of greywacke, and helped persuade New Zealanders that it was an appropriate term for their most widespread rock. The term is possibly used more widely in New Zealand than anywhere else in the world. Te Ara: Encyclopedia of New Zealand