2014 Greywacke Chardonnay Marlborough (Elsewhere $40)

SKU #1423722 96 points James Suckling

 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.  (1/2019)

94 points Vinous

 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)  (11/2018)

92 points Wine Spectator

 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)  (8/2017)

91 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 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)  (12/2016)

90 points Wine Enthusiast

 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)  (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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- It's hard to believe that up until about 30 years ago, this extremely popular varietal hid behind the veil of geographical names like Chablis and Puligny-Montrachet. Now grown all over the world and bottled by its varietal name, Chardonnay has achieved a level of branding unlike any other wine. Surprisingly, though, what you get when you buy Chardonnay can differ greatly from country to country and even within one country, depending on the climate where it's grown and how it is vinified and aged. From fresh, crisp and minerally with apple and lemon notes to rich and buttery with tropical fruit overtones, Chardonnay runs the gamut. In France's Burgundy, Chardonnay is the source of the prized wines of Chablis, Corton-Charlemagne, Mâcon, Meursault and Montrachet. It also the foundation of exceptional Champagne, where it is blended with Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier or vinified on its own into Blanc de Blancs. It is also extremely popular in California, and is gaining popularity in Australia, New Zealand, Italy, Spain and South Africa.

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.