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.
Kevin Judd’s 2017 Pinot Noir shows a hint of green bean on the nose, perhaps a hint of stemminess, alongside ripe red and black cherries. It’s medium-bodied and softly dusty in texture, with those soft tannins lingering on the finish. [90 pts, Joe Czerwinski – March 2020, robertparker.com]