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Greywacke Chardonnay 2014

Chardonnay from Marlborough, New Zealand
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14.5% ABV
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Winemaker Notes

An alluring combination of cumquats, peaches and yellow grapefruit melds with the more savory aromas of almond nougat, vanilla beans and marzipan – an opulent concoction that is infused with a charry smokiness. The savories 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.

Critical Acclaim

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JS 96
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.
WS 92
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.
RP 91
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.
WE 90
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.
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Greywacke

Greywacke

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Greywacke, Marlborough, New Zealand
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One of Marlborough’s pioneering winemakers, Kevin Judd’s appreciable career is intrinsically linked with the global path of New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc. Kevin’s personal venture, Greywacke (pronounced “grey-wacky”), was unveiled in 2009, fulfilling a long-held dream for himself and wife Kimberley.

Named after New Zealand’s prolific bedrock, Greywacke was originally adopted as the name of the Judds’ first vineyard in Rapaura, whose soils had an abundance of these river stones. Now living in the Omaka Valley overlooking Marlborough’s striking patchwork of vines, Kevin sources fruit from mature vineyards in the central Wairau Plains and the Southern Valleys.

Alongside winemaking, Kevin’s talent for photography has seen his evocative images appear in countless publications worldwide, and inevitably, take pride of place on the labels of his solo winemaking venture –– the synthesis of his dual passions.

Marlborough

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An icon and leading region of New Zealand's distinctive style of Sauvignon blanc, Marlborough has a unique terroir, making it ideal for high quality grape production (of many varieties). Despite some common generalizations, which could be fairly justified given that Marlborough is responsible for 90% of New Zealand's Sauvignon blanc production, the wines from this region are actually anything but homogenous. At the northern tip of New Zealand’s South Island, the vineyards of Marlborough benefit from well-draining stony soils, a dry, sunny climate and wide temperature fluctuations between day and night, a phenomenon that supports a perfect balance between berry ripeness and acidity.

The region’s king variety, Sauvignon blanc, is beloved for its pungent, aromatic character with notes of exotic tropical fruit, freshly cut grass and green bell pepper along with a refreshing streak of stony minerality. These wines are made in a wide range of styles, and winemakers take advantage of various clones, vineyard sites, fermentation styles, lees-stirring and aging regimens to differentiate their bottlings, one from one another.

Also produced successfully here are fruit-forward Pinot noirs (especially where soils are clay-rich), elegant Riesling, Pinot gris and Gewürztraminer.

Chardonnay

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One of the most popular and versatile white wine grapes, Chardonnay offers a wide range of flavors and styles depending on where it is grown and how it is made. While practically every country in the wine producing world grows it, Chardonnay from its Burgundian homeland produces some of the most remarkable and longest lived examples. As far as cellar potential, white Burgundy rivals the world’s other age-worthy whites like Riesling or botrytized Semillon. California is Chardonnay’s second most important home, where both oaky, buttery styles and leaner, European-inspired wines enjoy great popularity. Oregon, Australia and South America are also significant producers of Chardonnay.

In the Glass

When planted on cool sites, Chardonnay flavors tend towards grapefruit, lemon zest, green apple, celery leaf and wet flint, while warmer locations coax out richer, more tropical flavors of melon, peach and pineapple. Oak can add notes of vanilla, coconut and spice, while malolactic fermentation imparts a soft and creamy texture.

Perfect Pairings

Chardonnay is as versatile at the table as it is in the vineyard. The crisp, clean, Chablis-like styles go well with flaky white fish with herbs, scallops, turkey breast and soft cheeses. Richer Chardonnays marry well with lobster, crab, salmon, roasted chicken and creamy sauces.

Sommelier Secret

Since the 1990s, big, oaky, buttery Chardonnays from California have enjoyed explosive popularity. More recently, the pendulum has begun to swing in the opposite direction, towards a clean, crisp style that rarely utilizes new oak. In Burgundy, the subregion of Chablis, while typically employing the use of older oak barrels, produces a similar bright and acid-driven style. Anyone who doesn't like oaky Chardonnay would likely enjoy its lighter style.

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