After searching the world for the perfect place to grow cool-climate wines, the Thomas family established the Greystone Vineyard on the slopes of the Teviotdale hills in the Waipara Valley in 2004. They planted 39 hectares of the 153 hectare property of predominantly north-westerly facing land, concentrating on matching blocks with clones and varieties. There were many options with a range of altitudes from 60m to 150m above sea level and soil profiles from light clays through to those rich in limestone content. While Pinot Noir makes up over 60% of the plantings they could see the potential for other varieties in the region and planted blocks of Riesling, Pinot Gris, Gewurztraminer, Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc and even a small block of Syrah.
What The Critics Say
96/100 Bob Campbell MW
"Rich, generously proportioned pinot noir with concentrated plum and dark cherry flavours plus a suggestion of floral (possibly rose petal) and fresh herb characters supported by classy oak. The fruit sweetness is perfectly offset by fine, drying and slightly sappy tannins that suggest good cellaring potential. This is a very classy wine indeed. 10/3/2017" Drink 2017 to 2024
97/100 Wine Orbit, Sam Kim
"This is glorious and gratifying. The beautifully expressed bouquet shows dark cherry, plum, black olive, cedar and violet characters with nuances of clove and bitter chocolate notes. The palate is superbly weighted and concentrated, and exhibits awesome fruit purity together with rich texture and seductive savoury complexity, brilliantly framed by loads of polished tannins. Multi-layered and hugely appealing with a potential to evolve magnificently. At its best: 2018 to 2025. $95.00. www.greystonewines.co.nz. March 2017."
19+/20 Raymond Chan
"This has a firmly concentrated nose with a rounded core of ripe dark-red berry fruit entwined with nuances of red plums, along with subtle notes of herbs and lifted dark-red and violet florals in a beautifully harmonious amalgam. Medium full-bodied, the palate is rich and sweet-fruited with flavours of dark-red berry fruits and red plums lifted by red and violet florals. Layers of herbs and savoury earthy detail unfold adding interest. The palate builds in mid-palate richness, flowing smoothly, revealing considerable tannin extraction, the textures very fine-grained and flowery. A fine edge of acidity provides energy and tension, leading to a long, lingering, elegantly proportioned finish of sweet red fruits. Match with poultry and pork, lamb, beef and venison dishes over the next 7-9 years. Clones 5 and 115 from ‘The Brothers Block’ hand-picked and sorted, fully destemmed and indigenous yeast fermented. 25% amongst the vines, to 14.0% alc., the wine spending one month on skins and aged 15 months in 70% new French oak. 251 cases made. 19.0+/20 Mar 2017 RRP $95.00."
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