Imagine a refreshing sorbet-like medley of fresh lychee, grapefruit and honeydew melon
laced with flinty minerality and finished with an infusion of mandarin and lime zest. A
lively, invigorating wine with persistent grapefruit flavours and a steely blackcurrant tang
– crisp but succulent with a long enduring finish.
92 points, Wine Spectator
One of Marlborough’s pioneering winemakers, Kevin Judd’s career is intrinsically linked
with Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc. Established in 2009, Judd’s label Greywacke
(pronounced “gray-wacky”) is the fulfillment of a long-held dream. Named after New
Zealand’s prolific bedrock, Greywacke was originally adopted by Kevin and his wife
Kimberley as the name for their first Marlborough vineyard in Rapaura, whose soils have
an abundance of these river stones. Greywacke sources fruit from mature vineyards
within Marlborough’s central Wairau Plains and the Southern Valleys. Also an
established professional photographer, Judd’s home in the Omaka Valley overlooking
Marlborough’s picturesque vineyards provides inspiration for both his passions.
|#53 Wine Spectator's top 100 of 2012
"This intriguing white delivers a complex aromatic note that includes whiffs of petrol, oolong tea, mineral and lanolin, giving way to an equally complex flavor profile. Crunchy green apple, Meyer lemon and melon flavors are refreshing, balanced, and persistent on the finish." -Wine Spectator
|Wine maker notes
|Greywacke is the Marlborough label of Kevin Judd, and the fulfilment of a long held dream. The name Greywacke was adopted by Kevin and his wife Kimberley for their first Marlborough vineyard located in Rapaura, named in recognition of the high prevalence of rounded greywacke
river stones found in the soils of the vineyard. Kevin registered the name back in 1993 with the vague notion that he might one day want to use it on a wine label of his own. This quality focused winemaking venture sources fruit from mature vineyards within the central Wairau Plains and the Southern Valleys. These prime viticultural sites are cultivated using yield restricting vineyard management techniques and intense canopy management regimes. A number of the vineyards are owned by the Sutherland family, while complementary grape parcels are acquired from additional select sites, all located within these sub-regions. The wines are made by Kevin at Dog Point Winery in the lower Brancott Valley, a facility extended to him by long-standing friends and industry colleagues, Ivan Sutherland and James Healy.
The Greywacke portfolio is primarily based on two varieties, sauvignon blanc and pinot noir, the sauvignon blanc being produced in two distinctly different styles. In addition to this core range of three wines, there are also Limited Edition releases of chardonnay, and three aromatic varieties – pinot gris, riesling and gewurztraminer. Kevin’s signature vineyard photographs provide the unmistakable identity of the Greywacke range.