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
94/100 Bob Campbell MW
"Stylish, well-made organic chardonnay with hazelnut, sizzled butter, white peach, ginger and spicy oak flavours. A seamless wine with a lengthy finish displaying an array of subtle and appealing flavours. Delicious now but no rush 17/3/2019." Drink 2019 - 2023
95/100 Wine Orbit, Sam Kim (2016 vintage)
"Wonderfully composed and expressed, the gorgeously complex bouquet shows mango, lemon peel, vanilla, toasted almond and brioche characters, followed by a concentrated palate that is fleshy and rounded. The wine delivers excellent fruit power and weight, brilliantly complemented by creamy texture and seamlessly integrated acidity. At its best: now to 2022. $40.00. www.greystonewines.co.nz. Feb 2018."
19-/20 Raymond Chan (2016 vintage)
"Bright golden-yellow colour with some depth, a little lighter on the rim. The nose is full with softly concentrated aromas of ripe yellow stonefruits and citrus fruit harmoniously entwined with an amalgam of creamy barrel-ferment and nutty oak. The aromatics are densely packed, unfolding suggestions of buttery MLF. Full-bodied, the palate has integrated ripe flavours of yellow stonefruits, citrus and tropical fruit and creamy oak with buttery notes. The fruit is fulsome and mouthfilling with breadth and roundness, the acidity ripe and soft. There is considerable alcoholic power and drive, and the wine carries positively to a solid, deep, sustained finish. Match with roast pork over the next 4 years. Hand-picked fruit, one block WBP, and the clone 95 fruit foot-crushed, the fruit indigenous yeast fermented to 14.5% alc., the wine aged 11 months in 25% new French oak barriques, with 100% MLF. 18.5/20 Jan 2017 RRP $40.00." Drink 2017 - 2021
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