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
95/100 Wine Orbit, Sam Kim
"An outstanding riesling; the impressively expressed nose shows mandarin, lemon peel, spice and candied apple characters. The palate is superbly concentrated and focused, and delivers juicy fruit intensity together with rich texture and complexity, leading to an extremely long, engaging finish. A gorgeous dry style offering loads of delicious flavours. At its best: now to 2026. $25.00. www.greystonewines.co.nz. April 2017." Drink 2017 - 2026
94/100 Bob Campbell MW
"Off-dry riesling with lime, citrus, chalk, mineral and wild flower flavours. An initial hint of sweetness is balanced by tangy acidity to give the wine a pleasing tension while extending a lengthy finish. A pure, high energy wine 6/4/2017." Drink 2017 - 2023
19+/20 Raymond Chan
"Aromatically rich with intense, ripe lime fruit melded with exotic jasmine florals along with nuances of sherbet and minerals. The depth and tautness,along with penetration and intensity is a feature. Dry to taste and medium-bodied, the palate has rich, bright and intense flavours of lime fruit entwined with white and yellow florals, jasmine elements, and sherbet and minerals. The mouthfeel is lively and zesty revealing enrichening honied elements. The wine flows along a fine line of fruit extract and textures with plenty of energy and drive, carrying to a long, sustained, racy finish of exotic citrus and floral notes. Serve as an aperitif and with Asian cuisine over the next 5-6 years. Predominantly clone 239 fruit, with no botrytis, from three high sloped sites, two with limestone and one with clay, hand-picked, given a short skin soak, WBP, and cool-fermented in tank to 13.0% alc. and 4.72 g/L RS, TA 5.9 g/L and pH 3.33, the wine undergoing batonnage. 19.0+/20 Apr 2017 RRP $25.00. "
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