Wines : White Wine : New Zealand : 2017 Greywacke Sauvignon Blanc, Marlborough

2017 Greywacke Sauvignon Blanc, Marlborough

2017 Greywacke Sauvignon Blanc, Marlborough

Kevin Judd at DBM

Tasting Notes

Deliciously aromatic and highly perfumed – exuding ripe nectarine, pink grapefruit and lemon zest with a lifted floral fragrance reminiscent of jasmine and elderflower. Classic ripe Marlborough Sauvignon – with melon and gooseberry flavours and a touch of passionfruit, wound into a generous, mouth-filling palate that finishes dry and crisp.

Vintage Description

A mild, frost-free spring and warm conditions through to early summer provided ideal growing conditions for the vines. November will be remembered more for the magnitude 7.8 earthquake that shook the upper South Island. Early December saw good conditions for sauvignon blanc flowering. December-January was very dry, cooler than normal and often very windy. On April 4th the first of two cyclonic fronts passed through Marlborough bringing unseasonal rain and leading to an all-hands-on-deck flurry of rapid harvesting, with all the sauvignon blanc picked by the middle of the month. The combination of prime sites, low-cropping and efficient night harvesting saved the day and despite the challenging conditions the wines of 2017 are displaying good ripeness and structure.

Harvested largely by machine during cool (often cold) night-time conditions, the sauvignon blanc grapes were picked into half-tonne bins, which were tipped directly into the tank press and lightly pressed. The resulting juice was cold-settled prior to fermentation in stainless steel, primarily using cultured yeast for cool, slow fermentation. A portion was allowed to undergo spontaneous indigenous yeast fermentation using slightly warmer temperature regimes. All individual vineyard batches were left on lees and kept separate until late July, when the blend was assembled. The wine was bottled in mid-August.

Property Information

Greywacke is the exciting solo venture of Kevin Judd, who was formerly the chief winemaker at Cloudy Bay for 25 vintages, and was instrumental in the international recognition which New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc enjoys today. 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 there.

The debut wine under the Greywacke label was the 2009 vintage with his Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc displaying the hallmarks of Kevin’s famed style: ripe fruit, fine balance, great concentration and superb varietal intensity. Grapes come from prime, low yielding vineyard sites in and around Marlborough’s Southern (Brancott and Ben Morven) Valleys, and are vinified using ‘non-interventionist’ techniques. His range also includes a Wild Sauvignon Blanc, Pinot Noir, and Chardonnay.

1 bottle

£17.99  (£14.99 ex. VAT)
Unit Size: 75cl
Product Code: 71077
In Stock: 12

Occasion: Everyday drinking
Special occasion
Fine Wine
Vintage: 2017
Alcohol: 13% abv
Country: New Zealand
Unit Size: 75cl
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