Greywacke (pronounced ‘grey-wacky’) is the name given to the grey sedimentary rock that characterises much of the soil in this estate’s vineyard. The winery was founded in 2009, and is the brainchild of Kevin Judd, former winemaker of Cloudy Bay for 25 years. The Greywacke portfolio is primarily based on two varieties, sauvignon blanc and pinot noir, the sauvignon blanc being produced in two distinctly different styles. In addition to this core range of three wines, there are also limited edition releases of chardonnay, and three aromatic varieties – pinot gris, riesling and gewurztraminer.
This is a youthful yet mellifluous expression of Sauvignon Blanc with a line of tension that gives it length and purpose. Citrus, elderflower and grassy notes infuse the svelte midpalate. The finish is crisp, clean and full of adolescent vigor. [91 Points, Rebecca Gibb MW – November 2020, vinous.com]