2018 Greystone "Nor'Wester" Pinot Noir North Canterbury (Previously $20)

SKU #1531338 93 points Sam Kim

Outer quote mark Delightfully fruited and inviting, the bouquet shows dark cherry, raspberry, thyme, toasted nut and subtle mushroom characters. The palate is equally satisfying with excellent weight and roundness, wonderfully supported by silky texture and fine-grained tannins, finishing persistent and very tasty. Inner quote mark (4/2020)

91 points Bob Campbell

Outer quote mark Supple, savoury Pinot Noir with dried herb, floral, violet, spice, cherry and raspberry flavours. An appealing wine in a medium-bodied style, with a backbone of bright acidity. Inner quote mark (8/2020)

91 points James Suckling

Outer quote mark This is packed with fresh blackberry, dark cherry, bracken and spice, as well as some forest-earth notes. The palate has a vibrant feel with rich, intense blueberries and red and dark cherries. Long, fresh and convincing. From organically grown grapes. Inner quote mark (11/2020)

Raymond Chan

Outer quote mark Bright, light ruby-red colour, lighter on edge. The nose is fresh with delicate nuances of cherry, raspberry fruit, underlying subtle cherry blossom, dry herbs entwined with a layer of fragrant, nutty oak and gamey character. Medium-light bodied, the palate is lively with mouthwatering acidity carries flavours of raspberries, red cherries; enlivened by subtle herbs and blossoms essence. Reminiscent of liquorice, nutty oak fragrant lifted an opulent sense to the finish. The tannin is firm with a fine-grained textured line. This is a lively lightweight Pinot Noir with a fine-grained tannin structure, juicy red fruit and delicate blossoms and herbs scent entwined with subtle nutty oak elements. Match with pork and poultry over the next 3 years. Wild fermented to 13%alc, aged 10 months in French oak barrels. No fining. Vegan. BioGro organic certified. 17.5/20. Inner quote mark (6/2020)

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By: Thomas Smith | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 6/2/2021 | Send Email
Greystone is one the Pinot Noir producers is defining New Zealand’s North Canterbury wine region. Often overlooked, North Canterbury is actually producing some of the best Burgundy-inspired Pinot Noirs in New Zealand today. For those of you out there who are fanatic about Pinot Noir, you obviously know that the key to Burgundy’s success is limestone, and North Canterbury is one of the few wine regions in New Zealand whose soils are rich with fossilized seabeds. In fact, Greystone is named for the decomposed sea-shell stones that cover the Teviotdale Hills where their vineyards are planted. Their Nor’Wester Pinot Noir is an extraordinary example of what Pinot Noir can produce on its most ideal soils. There is a purity to the warm, 2018 vintage. With brambles, cranberry, and herbal essence above a soft core of red fruit, this sits right at the intersection of delicious fruit, and delicate complexity. Softened tannin and lingering finish makes this an effortless glass of wine that will keep you returning to the bottle over and over. At $20 this supersedes what you’d find in Burgundy, the Sonoma Coast, or frankly, anywhere else.

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