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. We 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 we 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
19-/20 and 5 Stars Raymond Chan
"The nose is softly full and voluminous with harmoniously melded layers of ripe, dark-red and black berried fruits entwined with subtle dark herb and earthy complexities, along with lifted violet florals. Medium-full bodied, the palate has mouthfilling, rich and ripe flavours of dark-red and black berried fruits, unfolding subtle dark herbs, lifted florals and savoury, earthy detail. The flavours are harmoniously integrated, forming a softly sweet, packed heart. The fruit is balanced by very fine-grained, flowery tannin extraction providing excellent structure and a degree of finesse to the mouthfeel. The acidity is ripe and balanced, and the wine carries to a full, nuanced, lively finish. Match with wild duck and pork dishes, and lamb, beef and venison over the next 6-8 years. Hand-picked and sorted fruit indigenous yeast fermented with low levels of whole bunch, and a portion in the vineyard to 14.0% alc., the wine aged 11 months in 30% new French oak. Nov 2017 RRP $42.90." Drink 2017 - 2025
93/100 Bob Campbell MW (2015 vintage)
"Moderately intense pinot noir with dark-fleshed plum, black cherry, liquorice and smoky bacon flavours. Quite a soft and accessible wine, with a structure of gentle tannins. A mellow pinot that's a little oak dominant at this early stage but that should integrate with a little bottle age. 28/10/2016."
5 Stars Michael Cooper (2015 vintage)
"The delicious 2015 vintage (5*) was matured in French oak barriques (25 per cent new). Deep and youthful in colour, it is highly fragrant, mouthfilling and supple, with rich, ripe cherry, plum and spice flavours, finely structured and long. A classy, age-worthy wine, it should be at its best 2018+."
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