2014 Greywacke Pinot Noir Marlborough (Elsewhere $35)

SKU #1319349 96 points Raymond Chan

 Something about Kevin Judd’s wines get to my soul. They can be as funky as any out there, but they always have fruit richness and sweetness. This is dark ruby-red colour with a dark heart. On the nose, seemingly elegant but the concentration quickly grows and the multi-layered nature becomes revealed. Dark red berry fruits complexed by savoury herbs, spice notes and maybe some whole cluster stalk perfume. There’s a steely freshness of youth underneath it all. The palate is tightly bound, but the fruit succulence is clear. The fruit is vibrant, the mouthfeel lively and finely balanced by fine-grained tannins. Complex liquorice and spicy oak flavours unfold. I love this youngster.

94 points James Suckling

 An earthy edge together with graphite and baking spices here as well as dark cherries and redder fruits: It's all nicely layered on the nose. The palate has smooth, lightly textured but richly flavored fruit in the form of spiced cherries and plums. Plenty of depth offered by this great pinot. Drink now to 2025.  (3/2017)

93 points Wine Spectator

 Detailed, with notes of dried lavender, white pepper, fresh loamy earth and black tea set against a core of strawberry and raspberry flavors. Smooth and plush, this becomes even more expressive on the finish, where spice details fan out. Drink now through 2025. 750 cases imported. Detailed, with notes of dried lavender, white pepper, fresh loamy earth and black tea set against a core of strawberry and raspberry flavors. Smooth and plush, this becomes even more expressive on the finish, where spice details fan out. Drink now through 2025. 750 cases imported. (MW)  (5/2017)

91 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 Medium ruby colored, the 2014 Pinot Noir exudes lovely floral notes of roses and lavender with a core of cranberries and red currants, plus hints of Provence herbs and fragrant earth. Light to medium-bodied, soft, elegant and filled with earthy/perfumed flavor layers, it delivers great expression and poise. (LPB)  (12/2016)

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 that's too good to publish. For two 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. (Ryan Woodhouse - K&L NZ Wine Buyer)

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Staff Image By: Ivan Diaz | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 10/26/2017 | Send Email
Greywacke is consistently one of the best producers in Marlborough, crafting reasonably priced top-tier wines with beautiful purity and delineation. Vivid strawberry, fresh cherry, and pie crust greet the nose, followed by a subtle, smoky characteristic to dissuade any notion of sweetness. Silky smooth tannins reveal warm tobacco and baking spice notes, followed by a dose of fresh minerality. Seamlessly integrated acidity lifts the fruit and keeps it ever-present, especially during the long, deeply satisfying finish.

Staff Image By: Anthony Russo | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 10/23/2017 | Send Email
Such an interesting bottle of Pinot... Black cherries, spicy cola, and lots of tobacco supported by earthy tones. All of these beautiful flavors intertwine perfectly on the palate with a touch of edginess. This is a great bottle for "spicy" Pinot lovers who are stuck in California or Burgundy lovers who want something different on the table for Thanksgiving.

Staff Image By: Sharon Kelly | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 10/23/2017 | Send Email
A great balance between flavors of fruit and earth here. I love the spice and smoky notes on the nose, the combo of tart cherries and ripe blackberries on the palate and the perfect amount of acid on the finish.

Staff Image By: Stefanie Juelsgaard | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 9/30/2017 | Send Email
This is a great alternative to Domestic Pinot Noir for people looking to expand their scope and knowledge. Fruit-forward and soft on the oak, this Pinot is approachable, yet shows enough body and structure to keep it from being flabby. A great one to try if you've found other NZ wines to be too high in acid in the past.

Staff Image By: Ryan Woodhouse | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 9/11/2017 | Send Email
Another sure fire winner from the inimitable Kevin Judd. For those of you that haven't come across the Greywacke wines they are the new(ish) passion project from longtime Cloudy Bay winemaker Kevin Judd. Though the man himself is very modest and softly spoken, the wines are some of the most highly regarded in New Zealand and their unwavering quality consistently illustrates the skill and experience Kevin has that few can rival. This 2014 Pinot Noir is simply delicious. It delivers everything I want in Pinot - alluring aromatics, sensuous texture, an ever so slightly untamed wild character and beautiful line and length. We have committed to Kevin's Pinot Noir time and time again and have never been anything short of thrilled when we get them in the glass! Not to mention the sharpest pricing we've ever had on this latest offering.

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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.