2021 Greywacke, Marlborough Wild Sauvignon, 12x750ml

2021 Greywacke, Marlborough Wild Sauvignon, 12x750ml

This Sauvignon Blanc from Kevin Judd is intensely complex, thanks to fermentation with wild yeasts and ageing in old French oak barriques – a delicious concoction of almond friand, white nectarine, blood orange laced with tarragon and a hint of smoked tea.

Availability: In stock

Case size: 12 / Bottle size: 750ml

Duty Status
From £240.00

Critics Score: 96

Publication: Huon Hooke, The Real Review

Drinking Dates: 2023-2036

Intense bouquet with spicy and balsamic notes pointing towards wild fermentation, quite 'out there'—but also recognisably sauvignon blanc—while the palate is rich and refined at the same moment, rounded and ample with seamless acidity and a clean, dry but soft, resonating aftertaste that rolls on and on. A hint of sweetness mid-palate is nicely balanced at the finish, where there's a touch of alcohol warmth. A superb example of the variety, produced with inventive winemaking.

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'.

Fruit was sourced from various vineyard sites in the Southern Valleys and the central Wairau Plains, specifically in Woodbourne, Renwick and Rapaura. Soil types vary from the young alluvial deposits of Rapaura and Renwick, which contain high proportions of greywacke river stones, to the older and denser clay- loams of the Southern Valleys. A high percentage of the vineyards were trained using the divided Scott Henry canopy management system, with the balance on two- or three-cane vertical shoot positioning.