Greywacke is the Marlborough label of Kevin Judd, and the fulfilment of a long held dream. The name Greywacke was adopted by Kevin and his wife Kimberley for their first Marlborough vineyard located in Rapaura, named in recognition of the high prevalence of rounded greywacke river stones in the soils of the vineyard. Kevin registered the name back in 1993 with the vague notion that he might one day want to use it on a wine label of his own.
The Greywacke portfolio is primarily based on Sauvignon Blanc and Pinot Noir, with three aromatic varieties as well - Pinot Gris, Riesling and Gewurztraminer. Kevin's winemaking is focused on quality, with fruit coming from mature vineyards in the central Wairau Plains and Southern Valleys.
The three clones were hand-picked separately at high ripeness levels and whole-bunch pressed using very low maceration press cycles. The resulting juice was cold settled, then racked to fermentation vessels. Most of the juice went through a natural indigenous yeast fermentation in old French oak barriques and the balance was fermented in stainless steel tanks using cultured yeast.
Towards the end of fermentation all the wine was transferred to stainless steel tanks where the fermentations were stopped, retaining 10 g/l residual sugar. The wine then spent a year on yeast lees (seven months in old barrels and the remaining time in stainless steel tanks) prior to blending and bottling.
An exotic Middle-Eastern mélange of poached quinces, sticky dates and tree-ripened figs, laced with vanilla bean, cardamom and hints of black licorice. This is a ripe, opulent expression of the pinot gris grape in a voluptuous off-dry style that has considerable concentration and a long, luscious finish.
Kevin Judd is one of Marlborough’s pioneer winemakers whose career is intrinsically linked with the global profile of New Zealand wine. Kevin was born in England and grew up in Australia, where he studied winemaking at Roseworthy College and first made wine at Reynella in South Australia. He moved to New Zealand in 1983 and joined Selaks Wines. Subsequently, he became the founding winemaker at Cloudy Bay, a pivotal role during which he directed the company’s first 25 vintages. In 2009 he established his own label, Greywacke, named after New Zealand’s prolific bedrock. The Name: New Zealand does not have a designated national rock, but if one was ever chosen it would have to be greywacke (pron: grey-wacky). This drab grey stone is found everywhere in New Zealand – on the mountains, in the rivers, on the beaches. It consists of layers of hard, muddy grey sandstone alternating with thinner layers of darker mudstone (argillite). Technically the term greywacke refers to the sandstone (wacke is a German name for a type of sandstone), but it is also used as a general term for the entire rock.
BOB CAMPBELL MW
Greywacke's Pinot Gris 2016 is among the best examples produced from Marlborough. It's a sensitively made wine, with strong varietal character and an ethereal texture. Fresh, fruity and flavoursome with tree fruit, apple and pear flavours, plus a seasoning of ginger and nut characters from yeast autolysis. The palate has an initial tease of sweetness but finishes dry. Delicious pinot gris.'
NICK STOCK - JAMESSUCKLING.COM
Judd's pinot gris is symphonic with tremendous complexity and concentration of peaches, pears and baked apples. Plenty of pastry-like, smooth, bready character on the palate. Some handy length, too.'
A positively concentrated and intense core with plenty of presence, showing subtly interwoven flavours of white and yellow stonefruits with floral notes, hints of honeysuckle all melded with nutty and flinty detail. There is some underlying alcoholic power and drive, the rich and rounded palate carrying to a long finish with depth and weight.' 18.5 / 20 Points