GREYWACKE Pinot Gris (Kevin Judd) 2021 Bottle/st
White Still Wine | New Zealand | South, Marlborough | 75cl
Closure Type: Screwcap
Country: New Zealand
Region: South, Marlborough
Wine Style: Medium Bodied
Grape: Pinot Gris
Greywacke is the exciting solo venture of Kevin Judd, who was formerly the chief winemaker at Cloudy Bay for 25 vintages, and was instrumental in the international recognition which New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc enjoys today. The name 'Greywacke' was adopted by Kevin for his first Marlborough vineyard located in Rapaura in recognition of the high prevalence of rounded greywacke river stones in the soils there.
A lush concoction of baked figs, poached pears and crystallised ginger drizzled with manuka honey and a light sprinkling of soft brown sugar. Greywacke Pinot Gris is a ripe, opulent expression of the variety made in a voluptuous off-dry style that has considerable concentration and a long, luscious finish.
‘Light yellow/straw hue with a struck-match flinty reductive high note, the palate is rich and intense yet also subtle and refined in its texture, generous and harmonious along the length. A whisper of sweetness, well controlled. Ripe yellow stone-fruits fill the tightly coiled palate. Excellent wine.’ 94 Points, Huon Hooke, THEREALREVIEW.COM
‘Poached pear, honeysuckle, clove/spice, ginger and a seasoning of nutty lees gives a strong varietal fingerprint as well as a clue to regional identity. Intense wine with underlying power, and a touch of alcohol heat.’ 93 Points, Bob Campbell MW, THEREALREVIEW.COM
‘The powerful 2021 vintage was hand-picked, mostly fermented in old French oak barriques, and then all matured in old barrels for a further six months. Weighty and concentrated, it has deep, vigorous stonefruit and spice flavours, showing excellent complexity and harmony, and a lengthy, off-dry finish.’ 5 Stars, Michael Cooper, MICHAELCOOPER.CO.NZ
Meaty fish can however also stand up to more robust flavours, found in Asian cuisine such as chilli, ginger, miso, lemongrass and soy. These dishes would demand a rounder wine with more character such as ripe and fruity Chenin Blanc / Vouvray or a Mosel Riesling to stand up to the substantial flavours in the dish. A spicy fish curry would be perfectly enhanced by this Pinot Gris from Greywacke.