Country: New Zealand Region: Marlborough
Varietal: Chardonnay Vintage: 2017
Colour: White Style: Dry
The name "Greywacke" was adopted by Kevin for his first Marlborough vineyard located in Rapaura in recognition of the high prevalence of rounded greywacke river stones in the soils of the vineyard, a sedimentary rock which is widely found in Marlborough. Kevin Judd is also New Zealand's finest wine photographer and has recently published a book "The Landscape of New Zealand Wine".
The two vineyards were hand-picked separately at high ripeness levels and whole bunch pressed using very low maceration press cycles. The resulting juice was settled and racked to French oak barriques (20% new). The juice was allowed to undergo spontaneous indigenous yeast fermentation, the final phase continuing for many months. The wine received occasional lees stirring and underwent a complete malolactic fermentation. It was transferred out of oak after 18 months and bottled in December 2019.
A bright fragrance of Clementine orange, fresh limes and a honeyed floral sweetness mingle with rich almond butter and 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.
Food Matches: Pork/ Blue Cheese/ Oysters/ Aperitif