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2014 Greywacke Chardonnay Marlborough (Elsewhere $40)

SKU #1423722 96 points James Suckling

Outer quote mark A great vintage from the masterful Kevin Judd. The complexity and deeply integrated and layered character will impress. The lime-curd, lemon-pith, peach and subtle, creamy pastry flavors are all perfectly preserved. Texturally rich, flavorsome and fresh. Drink now. Screw cap. Inner quote mark (1/2019)

94 points Vinous

Outer quote mark The 2014 Chardonnay has a well-defined bouquet with scents of passion fruit, beeswax, orange rind and a hint of fresh mushroom. I love the definition and focus here. The poised, refreshing palate is very well balanced, with a fine bead of acidity and an assiduous dash of spice towards the finish. Simply put, this is one of the best recently released Chardonnays that I have tasted from New Zealand. (NM) Inner quote mark (11/2018)

92 points Wine Spectator

Outer quote mark Succulent and juicy, with hazelnut and honeysuckle accents to the core of lemon meringue. The flavors crescendo, and nutmeg-centered spice notes linger on the long, detailed finish. Drink now. (MW) Inner quote mark (8/2017)

91 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

Outer quote mark With a gorgeous apricot, guava and pink grapefruit-scented nose, plus suggestions of cedar, struck match and honeyed toast, the 2014 Chardonnay fills the mouth with rich butterscotch, oak and stone fruit flavors, complimented by a satiny texture and a lively backnbone, finishing long. (LPB) Inner quote mark (12/2016)

90 points Wine Enthusiast

Outer quote mark This is a powerful Chardonnay, packed with aromas and flavors of smoke, grilled nuts, struck match and toast, with a whisper of tropical fruits in the background. The palate is more restrained, displaying a lovely balance of texture and acidity. This style won't be for everyone, but for fans of more mineral and smoke driven wines, this ticks all the boxes. (CP) Inner quote mark (5/2018)

K&L Notes

Winemaker's Notes: "An alluring combination of cumquats, peaches and yellow grapefruit melds with the more savoury aromas of almond nougat, vanilla beans and marzipan, an opulent concoction that is infused with a charry smokiness. The savouriness carries through onto a wonderfully dry, but rich and powerful palate that has great texture and concentration--evidence of this wine’s low-intervention genesis."

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By: Cameron Price | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 7/17/2019 | Send Email
This Greywacke Chardonnay is bananas! SO yummy and delicious. Flinty, mineral nose of matchstick magic and a palate that is like refreshing buttercream. Mouth-watering acidity that won't let you spit (super important for us staff) and topped off with an amazing finish that just won't go away! 07/17 5:58pm

By: Elsa Baez | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 7/17/2019 | Send Email
If you're looking for a nice, bright and fresh chardonnay look no further! Greywacke's 2014 chardonnay from Marlborough ticks all of those boxes and then some. Aromas of stone fruit and minerality intertwining together while herbal, lemon citrus and a balanced acid hit the palate quite nicely. It's crazy how fresh this wine tastes even after 5 years and believe anyone looking for a white other than a sauvignon blanc from New Zealand will not be disappointed with this wine.

By: Thomas Smith | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 7/17/2019 | Send Email
For the most part, Marlborough Chardonnay has flown under the radar. Sauvignon Blanc has continued overshadow other varieties, making up nearly 90% of all the wine produced in Marlborough last year. Yet, there have been a handful of small producers quietly handcrafting beautiful Chardonnays and Pinot Noirs from select sites along the cooler Southern Valleys. Enter Kevin Judd. The 25 year winemaking veteran from Cloudy Bay has been producing masterful Chardonnay since 2009. The 2014 is his best to date. On the nose, there is a sense of flinty minerality, with citrus blossoms and stone fruit that is full of tension and purity. The Palate is racy and elegant with elements of buttercream and lemon curd. Superbly compelling, full of power and rich fruit, the quality here is absolutely exceptional.

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