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
93/100 bob Campbell MW
"Flavoursome pinot gris with a tint of straw colour suggesting extended skin contact, although the texture is reasonably silky. An attractive wine with pear, apple, clove and spice flavours. Made in an off-dry style. 11 MAR 2020." Drink 2019 - 2023
93/100 Cameron Douglas MS
"Very attractive bouquet with mineral and white spice, a core of apple, pear and sweet quince. Tense, crisp, fruity and dry with flavours of crushed minerals (quartz) stones, white fleshed tree fruits and citrus juice. Plenty of acidity, generous on the alcohol, a whisper of residual sugar and a lengthy finish. Another great example from the Greystone stable. Drink now and through 2021."
93/100 The Wine Front, Mike Bennie
"Nine times out of ten New Zealand wine producers nail ‘actual pinot gris’ over Australia. There, I said it, so it must be real. Some lushness here, almost mouth perfumey, but with cut of sherbetty acidity and a good chew of fine, skinsy tannin. Pear drop, but lean, pear skin, a light red berry note (?), and some green apple. Flavoursome, good, delicious in a kind of hedonistic way but it’s never over the top. I like it." Drink 2020 - 2023
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