GREYWACKE
Marlborough
New Zealand
One of Marlborough’s pioneering winemakers, Kevin Judd’s appreciable career is intrinsically linked with the global path of New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc. Sourcing prime fruit from mature vineyards within the central Wairau and Southern Valleys, Kevin uses low-intervention winemaking to create wines hallmarked by their concentration, elegance and individuality. His signature vineyard photographs provide the wine portfolio’s unmistakable identity – the synthesis of his dual passions.

"Some of New Zealand's most exciting emerging stars include Greywacke... Kevin Judd takes Marlborough Sauvignon to new heights."
Lisa Perrotti-Brown, eRobertParker.com, Issue #197, October 2011
  • Founded: 2009
  • Winemaker: Kevin Judd
  • Size: Sourced from premium vineyards in Marlborough
  • Climate: Relatively cool maritime, marked diurnal temperature variations with a long, dry, sunny growing season
  • Key Varieties: Sauvignon Blanc, Pinot Noir

Winemaking

The wines of Marlborough are known worldwide for their precision, intensity, and distinctiveness, bequeathed by an extraordinary climate and a diverse collection of soils. The expression of unique sites within this distinguished environment lifts the wines of Greywacke to another level. Kevin takes a low-intervention approach to winemaking in order to coax the finest nuance of individuality from each hand-selected vineyard parcel, while maintaining the aromatic intensity for which Marlborough is renowned. Purity of varietal expression is a foregone conclusion in the fruit Kevin works with; indigenous yeast are then left to run their course in new and older French oak barriques, ensuring ample texture and complexity in these compelling wines. Already garnering worldwide acclaim, they show a common thread of layered concentration, fine structure and invigorating freshness.

Viticulture

Bound by the Pacific Ocean to the east and towering mountain ranges to the north, this north-eastern corner of the South Island boasts a broad alluvial plain and steep valleys of favorable northerly aspect. In cool, sunny conditions, Marlborough grapes enjoy a long, slow, ripening period with marked diurnal temperature swings that build intensity, retain structure, and enhance color development. The diverse collection of soils has a great impact on style and quality, and while New Zealand does not have a designated national rock, if one were chosen it would undoubtedly be greywacke. Kevin sources fruit from mature, sustainably farmed viticultural sites in the central Wairau Plains and Southern Valleys, collaborating with growers on organic initiatives, the use of cover crops, under-vine weeding and composting, as well as yield-restricting techniques and intense canopy management regimes.