Greywacke Wild Sauvignon Blanc 2017
"...highly refined...fleshy, with impressively concentrated, ripe tropical-fruit flavours, showing excellent complexity, and a very harmonious, long finish."
Greywacke's 2017 Wild Sauvignon Blanc is a unique Marlborough style - an oak aged Sauvignon - rich, ripe and concentrated.
The 2017 Wild Sauvignon was crafted using grapes from premium sites in the Southern Valleys and the central Wairau Plains of Marlborough. Unusually for Sauvignon, which rarely sees any oak, it underwent spontaneous indigenous yeast fermentation in oak over 6 months, with lees stirring. The wine was then transferred out of oak and left on its lees for around five months to add weight, structure and concentration.
Greywacke (pronounced 'grey-wacky') is named after a type of New Zealand bedrock, upon which great terroirs these great Marlborough wines are crafted by owner/winemaker Kevin Judd - a pioneer of the Marlborough wine scene and a former Head Winemaker at the iconic Cloudy Bay estate no less. Kevin's style is based on minimum intervention winemaking, letting his soils shine through the quality-focused wines that typically display real concentration and individuality.
"This is a leading example of Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc from well outside the mainstream. Fermented with indigenous yeasts in old French oak barriques, the highly refined 2017 vintage (5*) is fleshy, with impressively concentrated, ripe tropical-fruit flavours, showing excellent complexity, and a very harmonious, long finish. Already delicious, it’s a drink-now or cellaring proposition."
5 Stars - Michael Cooper
A unique wine with a difference; surely one of the funkiest, most interesting expressions of Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc you'll ever taste! Fermented in old oak with wild yeasts, it takes on more complex characters - distinctively minerally, with bold passionfruit and asparagus notes on the nose. An intriguing, creamy and textural style with a lingering savoury finish.