95 Points for Greywacke’s 2020 Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc

As the 2021 harvest continues apace in Marlborough, the 2020 Sauvignon Blanc from Greywacke has been awarded 95 points in the latest edition of Decanter Magazine.

The 2020 harvest faced complications due to New Zealand entering a strict lockdown on 24 February due to Covid-19. Fortunately, the Greywacke team were able to work as a big family isolation bubble, and the harvest was able to continue, despite very challenging circumstances.

In Cameron Douglas MS’s words, the Greywacke Sauvignon Blanc 2020 shows a “seductive bouquet of wild flowers and minerals, a fine-leesy complexity and fresh aromas and flavours of citrus, peach tea and sweet hay. Crisp, refreshing, fruity and dry with fine texture. Just enough concentration of flavour to contrast the fresh herb notes and salivating acidity. Well made and long.”

Greywacke founder and winemaker Kevin Judd has another interpretation of Sauvignon Blanc  – the Wild Sauvignon – which he considers his signature style and makes an excellent partner and comparison to the more ‘classic’ expression of the 2020. It is fermented in old oak barrels using wild yeast, creating a textured, opulent and savoury wine which benefits from ageing in bottle. The 2017 has aromas of summer fruit and pasty - peaches, nectarines, lime meringue pie and apple custard, all with a hint of dill and wood smoke. The palate is full with flavours of citrus and stone fruit, crisp acidity and notes of flint on the long, dry finish.

Alongside his Sauvignon Blanc wines, Kevin makes a selection of single varietal wines from selected vineyards around Marlborough. You can watch Kevin talking about the wines in this video here: https://www.greywacke.com/videos/nzwinestory/

The wines:

Greywacke, Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2020 

The classic Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc shows vibrant, tropical fruit and a lively acidity. 

Cameron Douglas MS, NZ Sauvignon Blanc: 20 Top Buys From 2020, Decanter, April 2021
95 points
Seductive bouquet of wild flowers and minerals, a fine-leesy complexity and fresh aromas and flavours of citrus, peach tea and sweet hay. Crisp, refreshing, fruity and dry with fine texture. Just enough concentration of flavour to contrast the fresh herb notes and salivating acidity. Well made and long.

Greywacke, Wild Sauvignon 2017

James Suckling, Top 100 Wines of New Zealand 2019
94 points (No. 53)
A very complex and quite different style with plenty of reductive, flinty funk and toasted-lime zest, as well as clotted cream and passion fruit. The palate has a rich and fluid feel with plush, smoothly fleshy build and a sweeping, round finish.

Greywacke, Marlborough Riesling 2019

Made from fruit which comes from the organically-farmed Ashmore Vineyard in Fairhall, this Riesling is made with an off-dry finish, keeping 19g/l residual sugar which balances beautifully with naturally fresh acidity. Aromas of citrus blossom, apple, white-fleshed nectarine and mandaring dominate, with a touch of wild-yeast derived gunflint and lanolin-like savouriness adding layers of complexity.

Rebecca Gibb MW, New Zealand: The State of Play, Vinous.com 
93 points
From a vineyard that's more than 23 years old, this offers lovely depth, and the very gentle press regimen ensures that the wine retains its delicacy. A very fine and scintillating style, offering lifted aromas of violets, red apples and white talc. While there is residual sugar here lending juiciness on the midpalate, there's plenty of tension providing sinew and precision.

Greywacke, Marlborough Pinot Gris 2017

This is a luscious and off-dry Pinot Gris (10g/l RS), a wonderful cocktail of soft sweet figs, poached pears and quince, and a hint of mulling spices and almond crumble. Crisp and powerful on the finish – an excellent match for fragrantly spiced dishes.

Huon Hooke, Best wines of 2020The Real Review
95 points
Light to mid-yellow colour. The bouquet is very ripe and rich, with exotic fruit aromas including spiced poached stone fruits and traces of passionfruit, pineapple and guava. The palate is full and rich, round and almost opulent, with gorgeous texture and harmony, a taste of lychee and a trace of sweetness enhancing its irresistible drinkability. It`s veering towards an Alsace vendange tardive style. Delicious!

Greywacke, Marlborough Chardonnay 2016

Hand-picked bunches were whole bunch pressed using very low maceration press cycles. The resulting juice was lightly 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. The result is an enticing combination of pink grapefruit, burnt orange and white nectarine interwoven with aromas of smoked almonds, hazelnut, and freshly cut hay. The savoury notes carries through onto the rich, textural palate, evidence of this wine’s low-intervention winemaking. An intricate bone-dry style that is highly concentrated with a distinct flintiness, tight structure and crisp, citrus finish.

Nick Stock, Weekly Tasting Report: Small-batch wines come to the fore, jamessuckling.com
94 points
This has cleverly curated aromas of peach and grapefruit with flinty, winemaking complexity and hazelnut-like oak notes. The palate has a smooth, supple and fresh core of ripe-peach and lemon-curd flavours. Concentrated.

Greywacke, Marlborough Pinot Noir 2018

Fruit for Kevin’s Pinot Noir comes from the densely planted Southern Valleys vineyards. Most of the fruit was then de-stemmed into open-top fermenters, the majority of fermentations with partial whole bunch inclusion. The fruit was allowed to soak on skins prior to the onset of indigenous yeast fermentation, then plunged daily by hand. After fermentation the wine was pressed, racked and filled to French oak barriques (30% new). This wine is deep ruby red in colour with vibrant aromas of red fruit and spices: juicy cherries, strawberries and cranberries. An opulent style of Marlborough Pinot layered with notes of star anise, clove and dark tobacco and subtle hints of rose and lavender. On the palate, it has fine tannins, a classic cool-climate vibrancy and a smoky, long finish.

Nick Stock, Weekly Tasting Report: Small-batch wines come to the forejamessuckling.com
93 points
A bold, spicy style of pinot that has abundant espresso, red and dark-cherry aromas. The palate is laced with mocha flavours and has a fresh, juicy and fleshy feel.

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