Greywacke makes a stylish mouthful, with pristine fruit flavours of gooseberry and grapefruit.
An accessible and attractive Chardonnay with strong, sweet fruit and a generous mouthfeel. It‘s a fruit-focused wine with a seasoning of nicely intergrated oak and yeast lees characters.
Kiwi Sauvignon for grown-ups, this is intense but restrained, with herb-infused lemon and nectarine flesh and a touch of pear, but with just as much emphasis on minerality as the fruit.
Best Wines December 2011
A massively vivacious nose, the lychee and elderflower pungency matched by a lovely passionfruit richness and honeyed ripeness. On the palate the searing core of minerality has such concentration too: it feels natural, juicy, fat and textured, but the grip of the acidity and the dazzling freshness of the grapefruity finish gives wonderful savour and lip-smacking appeal.
Infused with stones? This certainly plays the minerality card in spades, so to speak, and has a great long aftertaste. One of the most exciting Marlborough Sauvignons to have come my way. Lightness of touch. Minimal sweetness. The year was described by the laconic Kevin Judd as ‘a very orderly and rewarding harvest‘. Bit of elderflower blossom into the bargain...Long and sinewy.
Intriguing, a complex aromatic note includes whiffs of petrol, oolong tea, mineral and lanolin, giving way to an equally complex flavour. Crunchy green apple, Meyer lemon, and melon flavours are refreshing, balanced and persistent on the finish.
Very pale, faintly yellow green, with the glow and polish of a well-made dry white. It had an enticing citrus scent, redolent of freshly cut apples, and with mouthwatering, gooseberry-like acidity. The flavour was penetrating, with (and I agree with Judd) ‘a sorbet-like medley of lychees and grapefruit laced with flinty minerality’.
We loved the 2010 and we adore this: massively pungent nose, the passionfruit and elderflower matched by a searing core of minerality. The palate has such concentration too: it is naturally juicy, fat and textured, but the grip of the acidity and freshness of the grapefruit finish gives wonderful savour and lip-smacking appeal.
Superb new vintage from Kevin Judd. Tinglingly fresh, juicy elderflower, herb and lemon flavours with a mouthwatering saline, mineral character and a fine chalky texture. Great length and presence.
Surely 2011 is the year Greywacke Sauvignon really got into its stride? Can‘t remember a Marlboro SB impressing me more.