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.
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.
96 points, Nick Stock (January 2019)
Moderately intense chardonnay with struck flint, grapefruit, marmalade, guava, hazelnut and nutty oak flavours. Fruit and alcohol sweetness is balanced by tangy acidity that helps drive a lengthy finish.
94 points, Bob Campbell MW (May 2018)
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.
91 points, Lisa Perrotti-Brown (December 2016)
I love the definition and focus here. The poised, refreshing palate is very well balanced, with a fine bead of acidity and an assiduous dash of spice towards the finish. Simply put, this is one of the best recently released Chardonnays that I have tasted from New Zealand.
94 points, Neal Martin (November 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.