Greywacke founder Kevin Judd is one of the pioneering winemakers of Marlborough. Named for the river stones that punctuate the soils of the vineyard, Greywacke wines are finely crafted representations of the soil in which the grapes are grown.
The signature Chardonnay has an appealing and unexpected palette that sees hazelnut and brioche characters meet the brightness of tropical fruit, with a savoury element from aging in French oak. This is a dry wine with a refreshing acidity.
(Archive release) Bright light to mid-yellow colour, with a canned-corn style of bouquet reflecting malolactic character and Marlborough regional character. The wine is quite intense in the mouth, finely-textured and long, with attractive complexity thanks to positive age development. Lovely balance and textural suppleness. A wine of distinction, power and persistence, drinking in its prime.
95 points, The Real Review (May 2021)
An appealing and accessible chardonnay, with attractive fruit sweetness together with peach, roasted nut, toast and spicy oak. Nicely layered wine with an ethereal texture and lengthy finish. Still quite fresh - will continue to offer pleasure but it's hard to see how the wine can get much better than it is now.
95 points, The Real Review (May 2018)
MarlboroughArguably New Zealand’s most famous wine region owing to international demand for Sauvignon Blanc, Marlborough is also the largest wine producing region in the country, comprising 79% of New Zealand’s total wine production. Modern winemaking commenced in Marlborough in the 1970s and from tiny beginnings, the vineyard area has rapidly expanded now encompassing 23,600 hectares. Marlborough is located on the east coast of the South Island, with mountains to the west creating a rain shadow, making it one of the driest and sunniest regions in New Zealand. There are three sub regions in Marlborough, the largest being the Wairau Valley, where most plantings are concentrated on free draining alluvial soils. Viticulture has also spread to the cooler Awatere Valley, also on free draining stony loams and vineyards are also situated in the cooler southern valleys with its silt, gravel and clay soils. The soils across all three regions all have relatively low fertility to help curb the vigour of Sauvignon Blanc vines that dominate Marlborough. Although the region built its reputation on crisp, distinctively pungent unoaked Sauvignon Blanc, there is an increasing trend towards more complex barrel-ferment styles. Light-bodied, fruit driven Pinot Noir is also successful.