2011 Greywacke Sauvignon Blanc Marlborough New Zealand

SKU #1092787 92 points Wine Spectator

 *Top Wines of 2012* This intriguing white delivers a complex aromatic note that includes whiffs of petrol, oolong tea, mineral and lanolin, giving way to an equally complex flavor profile. Crunchy green apple, Meyer lemon and melon flavors are refreshing, balanced, and persistent on the finish. Drink now. 1,500 cases imported. –MW  (6/ 2012)

91 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

 Pale, bright yellow. Highly aromatic nose combines grapefruit rind, underripe pineapple, white pepper, fresh herbs and stony minerality. Rich, pliant and fairly full, but with a juicy sappy quality to the orange blossom and spice flavors. In a rather forward style but bright framing acidity gives it definition and thrust. Finishes with excellent length. Greywacke is the new project of sauvignon blanc guru Kevin Judd, who put Cloudy Bay on the map during his 25 years as winemaker there.  (9/ 2012)

90 points Wine Enthusiast

 Former Cloudy Bay winemaker Kevin Judd’s new label displays a vibrant pungency to its leafy aromas, then opens up on the palate to add gooseberry and grapefruit notes. It’s refreshingly medium bodied, with a slightly creamy texture and a long finish filled with pink grapefruit.  (8/ 2012)

Jancis Robinson

 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 (ex Cloudy Bay winemaker) as 'a very orderly and rewarding harvest'. Bit of elderflower blossom into the bargain. Yes, I think I probably would pay the money for this jewel that is ready to gobble already. Long and sinewy.  (11/ 2011)

Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 Greywacke’s 2011 Sauvignon Blanc reveals lemon pastille, lime leaf and grapefruit notes with hints of passion fruit and peach blossoms. Light to medium-bodied, it is very elegant with good intensity of fruit, vibrant acidity and a long, chalky finish. Drink it now through 2014.  (10/ 2012)

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By: Jim Chanteloup |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 5/24/2012  | Send Email
Winemaker Kevin Judd has followed up with an even more impressive outing with his 2011 Sauvignon Blanc. The bouquet is lifted with lime blossom, white grapefruit, passion fruit and a slight savoury edge. On the palate there is exceptional balancing acidity giving the wine a juicy mouth-feel with beautiful texture. There drive to this wine with a finish that goes on and on. This is a top notch Kiwi "savvy".

By: Ryan Woodhouse |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 5/24/2012  | Send Email
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A stunning Marlborough SB from Kevin Judd (founding Winemaker of Cloudy Bay.)Greywacke is his new boutique venture seeking to make wines that reflect the unique terroir of the Wairau Valley. The name "Greywacke" is the type of stone found in the deep alluvial river bed soils of Marlborough on which these grapes are grown. The 2011 vintage has concentrated tropical fruits, a rich and juicy mid palate with substantial weight from the extended lees contact. This vintage also shows a purity and brightness that goes beyond prior years making this wine extra special. The Greywacke wines are great examples of how New Zealand is putting itself in line with the worlds top wine producing regions, don't miss out on this one!

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Sauvignon Blanc

- One of the best known "international" varieties originally cultivated in France and considered the parent of, with Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon. Sauvignon's wonderfully distinctive aromatics generate some of wine's most colorful descriptors, among them "cat pee," herbaceous, grassy, citrusy the world over. In France, the apex of Sauvignon Blanc production is the Loire Valley, in the appellations of Sancerre and Pouilly-Fumé, where the terroir expresses itself most beautifully through the grape. Sauvignon Blanc is also the leading white grape varietal in Bordeaux, where it is paired with the fatter, richer Sémillon to varying degrees. Relatively easy to cultivate, though more suited to cool climates, Sauvignon Blanc has made inroads in Europe outside of France, especially in Northeastern Italy's Friuli and Alto Adige, but also on the Slovenian border. These lovely wines are often overshadowed by Sauvignon Blanc's achievements in the New World, namely New Zealand, South Africa and California. New Zealand's Sauvignon Blancs, more conspicuously fruity than most French examples, landed the small island nation on the world wine map in the late-1980s and 1990s. South African Sauvignons are one of the most successful international varieties produced in that country and are often quite elegant and affordable. In California, Robert Mondavi managed to, almost single-handedly, created a market for Sauvignon Blanc by renaming his oak-fermented version Fumé Blanc. While some wineries still use the name, California Sauvignon Blanc has secured its place in the California wine pantheon, particularly those from the Napa Valley. Washington State, Chile and Argentina also have considerable plantings of the grape.
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New Zealand

- New Zealand is an extremely diverse wine-growing nation. The long history of producing wine started in the 1830s with wineries such as Mission Estate (1850) and Te Mata Estate (1896) still producing wine today. The two islands hold a multitude of different growing climates ranging from warmer areas such as Hawke’s Bay to very cool regions such as Waitaki, and Awatere. Most regions are defined as Maritime with the exception being Central Otago that has a moderate Continental climate with the high elevation creating dramatic diurnal swings in temperature. The plethora of grapes grown in New Zealand reflects this diverse microclimate make up. Everything has a place here, Bordeaux varietals and Syrah in Hawke’s Bay, Chardonnay and Pinot in Nelson, Pinot Noir and Riesling in Central Otago , aromatic whites in Waipara and pretty much everything you can imagine in Marlborough. New Zealand is also one of the “greenest” wine producing nations on earth (94% of wine certified sustainable in 2013) with a strong focus on organic and Biodynamic farming.