Greywacke, Marlborough Chardonnay, 2019
Region: Marlborough, New Zealand
Bottle size: 75cl
Grape: 100% Chardonnay
A seductive combination of pink grapefruit, lemon curd and candied orange rind intertwined with aromas of toasted hazelnuts and hot buttered brioche. This elaborate fusion of sweet-scented aromatics and a smoky, nutty savouriness carries through onto a wonderfully dry, flinty palate, with great texture, a tight structure and terrific ageing potential.
The grapes for this wine are primarily sourced from the low-yielding Mendoza clone, known for its concentration of flavour and crisp acidity; the balance was Clone 95. The majority of the fruit was sourced from the lower reaches of the Brancott Valley and Fairhall, grown in gravelly, clay-loam soils, the remainder coming from Renwick and Rapaura, grown in young alluvial soils containing high proportions of New Zealand’s ubiquitous greywacke river stones. The majority of the vineyards were trained using a two-cane VSP (Vertical Shoot Positioning) trellis, with the balance on the divided Scott Henry canopy management system.
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.