Greywacke Marlborough Botrytis Pinot Gris 2018 (Half bottle)

Greywacke Marlborough Botrytis Pinot Gris 2018 (Half bottle)

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Greywacke Marlborough Botrytis Pinot Gris

Region: Marlborough, New Zealand

Vintage: 2018

Bottle size: 37.5cl

Grape: Pinot Gris 

ABV: 12%

An opulent wine displaying intense notes of roasted apricots, cumquat marmalade on toasted brioche, and white chocolate nougat. A decadent and voluptuous interpretation of pinot gris with a luscious palate laced with dried fruits, dates and wildflower honey. This sweet wine with great concentration and a deliciously crisp, persistent finish.

The shrivelled grapes were whole bunch pressed using very long, low maceration press cycles. The juices were cold-settled and then racked to fermentation vessels; half of the juice was fermented with indigenous yeast in old French oak barriques and the balance was fermented in stainless steel tanks using cultured yeast. The fermentation was eventually stopped in September retaining 130g/l residual sugar. The wine remained in barrel on lees for a further nine months prior to bottling in July 2019.

Greywacke was created in 2009 by Kevin Judd, the person responsible for the ground-breaking early wines produced in Marlborough. The name ’Greywacke’ was adopted by Kevin for his first Marlborough vineyard, located in Rapaura, in recognition of the prevalence of rounded greywacke river stones in the vineyard’s soils. ’Greywacke’ is a sedimentary rock that is widely found in Marlborough, consisting of layers of hard grey sandstone and darker mudstone.