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 gewruztraminer.
The 2019 Wild Sauvignon continues the legacy as one of Marlborough’s smartest oaked Sauvignon Blancs. They age brilliantly, as evidenced by the 2010 I tasted with winemaker Kevin Judd in September 2023, and only gain in complexity and nuance as they do. The screw cap closure protects the fruit, and the combination of great winemaking, great fruit and sensitive closure is a recipe for success. Impressive, as usual.
“But what does it taste like,” you ask? Salted lemon flesh on the nose, with white peach, golden kiwi fruit, hints of crushed nuts, tatami mat, almond skin and even jasmine florals. in the mouth, the wine is expansive, at once tethered to the tracks of acid but also made expansive and rich by the oak and the sheer magnitude of the fruit. 14% alcohol, sealed under screw cap. [93 points – Erin Larkin – Nov 2023 – robertparker.com]