Marlborough Pinot Noir

Wairau Valley

Greywacke

Greywacke was created in 2009 by Kevin Judd, chief winemaker at Cloudy Bay...

from its inception for 25 years and instrumental in the international recognition which Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc enjoys now. 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 of the vineyard, a sedimentary rock which is widely found in Marlborough. Kevin Judd is also New Zealand's finest wine photographer and has recently published a book 'The Landscape of New Zealand Wine'.

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Vineyards

All fruit was grown in Marlborough's Southern Valleys and principally sourced from the Yarrum Vineyard situated on the Brancott / Ben Morven ridge. Typical of this subregion, the wind-blown loess soils are comprised of clay-loams with varying degrees of gravel content. The vineyards are all hillside plantings trained to two-cane VSP (vertical shoot positioning) with a vine density of 3,788 plants per hectare.

Vintage Information

A warm, dry spring and near perfect conditions during flowering resulted in one of the earliest and potentially largest harvests on record. Further warm conditions throughout the growing season and strict crop-thinning regimes pre-veraison ensured that the eventual moderate crops ripened evenly, well ahead of an average season. In mid-March, Fijian cyclone Lusi made a brief appearance bringing an inch of rain and a stiff breeze but harvest resumed a couple of days later. The following two weeks reverted to classic Marlborough summer with high sunshine hours, relatively warm temperatures and zero rainfall.

Vinification

The grapes were hand harvested and chilled overnight prior to hand sorting. Most of the fruit was then de-stemmed into open-top fermenters, the majority of fermentations with partial whole bunch inclusion. The fruit was allowed to soak on skins prior to the onset of indigenous yeast fermentation, then plunged daily by hand. After fermentation the wine was pressed, racked and filled to French oak barriques (45% new). All individual clones were aged in barrel separately for 15 months prior to blending in July. Once in tank the wine was egg white fined for clarity.

Tasting Notes

A sweet-scented compote of poached Black Doris plums, raspberries and black cherries with a spoonful of homemade strawberry conserve stirred in for good measure. A highly fragrant style of Marlborough Pinot with cinnamon and clove spiciness – a dense structure, generous palate weight and a long, lively finish.

Vintage Information

Vintage 2014
Grape varieties 100% Pinot Noir
Region Wairau Valley, Marlborough
Winemaker Kevin Judd
Alcohol (ABV) 13.5%
Acidity 5.2g/l
Wine pH 3.75