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Greywacke is the exciting new venture of Kevin Judd, formerly chief winemaker at Cloudy Bay from its inception in 1986 until 2008. The name ‘Greywacke’ was adopted by Kevin and...
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Greywacke is the exciting new venture of Kevin Judd, formerly chief winemaker at Cloudy Bay from its inception in 1986 until 2008.

The name ‘Greywacke’ was adopted by Kevin and his wife Kimberley for their first Marlborough vineyard located in Rapaura, named 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.

Fruit was sourced from various vineyard sites in and around the Brancott Valley 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. The majority of the vineyards were trained using the divided Scott Henry canopy management system, with the balance on two- or three-cane VSP (vertical shoot positioning).

Some vineyards were harvested by machine and others by hand, all into halftonne bins, which were tipped directly into a tank press. The grapes were pressed relatively lightly and the resulting juice was cold-settled prior to racking into French oak barriques, the majority of which were old.

The juice was allowed to undergo spontaneous indigenous yeast fermentation, the tail end of which continued for over six months. The wine had occasional lees stirring and approximately three quarters of the barrels underwent malo-lactic fermentation. It was transferred out of oak during the following harvest and left on yeast lees for a further five months. The wine was bottled in October 2011 with an alcohol of 14.0%, pH 3.20 and acidity of 7.1 g/l.

100% Sauvignon Blanc

Press reviews for Greywacke Wild Sauvignon
…rewardingly complex…made with indigenous yeasts and aged in old barriques…the most exciting New Zealand sauvignon I've yet encountered.’
Fiona Beckett, THE GUARDIAN (UK)


‘This is Judd’s very successful attempt at a barrel- and wild yeast-fermented style. It’s not completely dry, but you don’t notice the sugar. Savoury, mealy and almost Graves-like, this is the pick of Judd’s “dry” whites.’
94 Points, Tim Atkin, TIMATKIN.COM

Key Facts

Size
75cl
Grapes
Sauvignon Blanc
Country
New Zealand
Region
Marlborough
Vintage
2015
ABV %
13.50%
Organic
No
Vegan
No

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