2013 Greywacke Pinot Noir Marlborough (Elsewhere $40+)

SKU #1239583 97-98 points Raymond Chan

 Marlborough Pinot Noir is severely under-recognised. Some superb bottlings have emerged over the years. Fromm, Villa Maria, Auntsfield, Saint Clair, TerraVin and Te Whare Ra to name a few. The Greywacke is another one up there. At present about 20% whole bunch. Maybe more can work well? Moderately dark ruby-red with slight purple hues. This has a full, deep nose of ripe dark raspberry and cherry fruit with an array of soft red fruits and florals, the faintest whole bunch herbal detail, some toasty oak spices. Full-flavoured and mouthfilling layers of flavour unfold. It isn't the ripest and darkest in fruit, but the interplay of soft red fruits, florals, herbs, spices and toasty oak is sensational to me. Soft and supple textures enhance the opulence and the wine carries effortlessly to a lush and exotic finish.

95 points Sam Kim

 It is sweetly fragrant and beautifully complex on the nose displaying dark cherry, clove, vanilla and cedar characters with nuances of truffle and dried herb notes. The palate offers excellent fruit concentration and rich texture, beautifully structured by loads of polished tannins. The wine flows effortlessly to a lingering, gratifying finish.

94 points James Suckling

 A bright, crunchy and slightly earthy pinot that comes from the Southern Valleys of Marlborough, this has a spiced red cherry and smoky edge, raspberry and red plum too. The palate's very composed and settled, the 20% whole bunch use is really nicely worked into the wine, tannins are assertive and yet smooth. The red cherry fruit has center stage, succulent, textural, clay soils deliver the right tannins here. Drink now and for 5+ years.  (8/2016)

93 points Bob Campbell

 A fragrant Pinot Noir with floral, violet, black cherry, a hint of wood smoke and spicy oak flavours. A supple, elegant and seamless wine in an accessible style, but with medium-term ageing potential. A wine with power that's delivered with subtlety.

91 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 Pale to medium ruby-purple in Color, the 2013 Pinot Noir has a beautifully fragrant nose of crushed cherries and cranberries with lavender, violet and dried leaves suggestions. Medium-bodied, the palate offers great concentration with tons of red berry and baking spice flavors supported by finely grained tannins and finishing long with a herbal lift. (LPB)

90 points Wine Spectator

 Focused, supple and bright, with juicy berry, cherry and pomegranate flavors and details of cedar and hibiscus. Nutmeg and herb flavors gain momentum on the finish, where the velvety tannins become more apparent. (MW)

K&L Notes

This fantastic new release from NZ wine legend Kevin Judd is flat out delicious and a smoking deal with our hot pricing. This wine sold out quick last year and is in limited supply. For decades Kevin Judd was the founding winemaker and guiding genius behind Cloudy Bay. He is one of the most respected, experienced and talented winemakers in the southern hemisphere. The 2013 Pinot has lovely exotic aromas and flavors of lifted Asian spices, sandal wood, ripe red fruits, floral hints, ground clove; the palate is perfectly proportioned, medium bodied, with soft fruit, silky tannins and spice that lifts the finish with well integrated oak teasing it out long on the palate. Very expressive and representative of this excellent vintage. A well judged synthesis of a great vineyard and expert winemaking talents; this is sure to be a winner. (Ryan Woodhouse - K&L NZ Wine Buyer)

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By: Ryan Woodhouse | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 2/8/2016 | Send Email
This is such an exotic, fragrant wine...it demonstrates why I love Pinot Noir so much! There's a symphony of ripe forest fruits, baking spices, agarwood, and star anise. I like how Kevin has managed to keep this wine very bright and aromatic whilst also embracing the richness and textural density that naturally comes from the heavier clay soils of Marlborough's Southern Valleys. This is a beautiful example of what the region can do with Pinot Noir when it's planted in the right spot and crafted with love and passion. Very classy and worth the full attention of any Pinot lover.
Drink from 2016 to 2016

By: Dave Genevro | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 1/26/2016 | Send Email
Light red cherry in color, with great lift and acid structure. The fruit is filled with red cherry and red berries, with just a hint of spice that gives the wine more expression and personality. Just a delicious, versatile Pinot Noir from our friends at Greywacke. Enjoy!

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Pinot Noir

- One of France's most legendary grapes and the grape that earned Burgundy its reputation. The parent of varietals like Pinot Gris/Grigio and Pinot Blanc, Pinot Noir is blue to violet to indigo in color with relatively thin skins, and it is said to have been cultivated in France for more than 2,000 years. At its best, Pinot Noir creates elegant wines that are filled with primary red fruit aromas and flavors while young, revealing with an array of secondary characteristics like earth, smoke, violet, truffle and game with age. The varietal is also known, perhaps better than any, for its ability to translate terroir, or a sense of place. While the best Pinot Noir still comes from Burgundy, it is being produced with increasing success in cooler climates around the world. In France, it is part of the trifecta of grapes that can go into Champagne, and it is also grown in Alsace, Irancy, Jura, Savoie, Lorraine and Sancerre. Outside of France it is produced under the names Pinot Nero and Blauburgunder in Italy's mountainous regions, as Spätburgunder in Germany and as Blauburgunder in Austria. In the US, Pinot Noir has found suitable growing conditions in the cooler parts of California, including Carneros, the Russian River Valley, the Anderson Valley, the Sonoma Coast, Monterey County, the Santa Lucia Highlands and Santa Barbara County, as well as in Oregon's Willamette Valley. In recent years, New Zealand has demonstrated its ability to interpret this hard-to-grow varietal, with successful bottlings coming from careful and attentive growers in Central Otago, Martinborough and Canterbury. Chile is also an up-and-coming region for Pinot Noir, creating fresh, fruit-forward, early-drinking and affordable Pinots from the coastal Casablanca Valley and the Limari Valley.
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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.
Alcohol Content (%): 14