2015 Greywacke Chardonnay Marlborough

SKU #1467505 96 points Sam Kim

Outer quote mark The bouquet is gorgeous and expressive, showing white flesh stone fruit, rockmelon and nougat characters with a subtle infusion of vanillin/cedary oak. The palate is concentrated and flavoursome, delivering excellent weight and rounded mouthfeel, wonderfully complemented by creamy texture and bright acidity. The wine offers splendid energy and presence with a persistent silky finish. At its best: now to 2025. Inner quote mark (8/2017)

95 points Bob Campbell

Outer quote mark Quite a rich, full-flavoured and complex chardonnay with grapefruit, white peach, toasted nut, ginger and brioche flavours. It's a weighty, textural wine with power and potential. Inner quote mark (5/2018)

94 points James Suckling

Outer quote mark Very rich, complex and layered in all respects, this is still super fresh with a little bottle age to show. The aromas of fresh and grilled yellow peaches sit attractively amid toasted-grain and hazelnut notes. The rich and complex palate holds long and smooth. Inner quote mark (8/2019)

93 points Decanter

Outer quote mark From two Chardonnay clones: 'Mendoza', which has great concentration, low yields but very high acidity, and 'Clone 95', which brings balance. This wine is fermented with wild yeasts in French oak barriques, 20% new, with a high proportion of solids. It underwent full malo to counteract the high acidity, giving a lovely creaminess to the palate. It's packed full of flavour, with intense bacon fat, spice and subtle tropical fruit. It sounds big on paper, but it's an elegant style that should age well. Drinking Window 2019 - 2030 (JB) Inner quote mark (1/2019)

93 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

Outer quote mark A harmonious blend of roasted hazelnuts and toasted grain accents pineapple fruit in Greywacke's 2015 Chardonnay. This looks to be the best vintage of Chardonnay Kevin Judd has made to date, showing great texture, class and length. It's medium to full-bodied yet shows great length and elegance to its citrusy fruit profile. (JC) Inner quote mark (2/2018)

92 points Wine Spectator

Outer quote mark Creamy lemon meringue, yellow apple and pear notes are pure, stylish and supple, with delicate accents of spice and toast. Strikes the right balance between intense flavors and an elegant frame. Inner quote mark (10/2018)

90 points Wine Enthusiast

Outer quote mark Like the previous vintage, this is a full-bodied Chard charging out of the gate with toasted nut and smoke aromas, threaded through with soft pineapple and stone fruit and vanillin oak. The palate is more restrained while still being rich. It's creamy in texture, with yet more nutty, smoky, ripe fruit and wood spice flavors balanced by crunchy acidity. Drink now–2027. (CP) Inner quote mark (3/2019)


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By: Thomas Smith | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 5/28/2020 | Send Email
There is something absolutely magical about Kevin Judd’s Greywacke Chardonnay. What I love about this wine is the fact it has so many distinctive elements that come together fabulously in the glass. It’s definitely full bodied, rich chardonnay with exquisitely fine-tuned oak profile and malo--this will please any lover of Napa Valley Chard. And yet, there’s a brilliant layer of flinty minerality that brings to mind the wines of Meursault, Burgundy. Aromas flint, brioche, poached pear and marzipan, all come waift from the glass. Concentrated and powerful on the palate, this shows exceptional lees contact with creamy and buttery notes, all framed by brilliant acidity, bring the wine into balance. Incredibly distinctive and utterly delicious, this is not only the best rendition of this wine ever made by Greywacke, but a top contender for one of the Southern Hemisphere’s best Chardonnays period.

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