Decanter Names Greywacke Pinot Noir as one of NZ’s Best
by Bob Campbell MW
Over the past 30 years, New Zealand’s Pinot Noir has gone from strength to strength and become a serious player on the world stage. In the September issue of Decater, Bob Campbell MW highlights the stylistic differences between each of the country’s five main regions and the key estates and wines to watch.
The rapid and sustained growth of Pinot Noir quality has been the most exciting development during my 40 year involvement in the New Zealand wine industry. Thirty years ago, New Zealand Pinot Noir was a curiosity; a mixed bag of experimental wines that were mostly a bit thin, green and acidic. Today it is our second most planted variety; an international brand that has found a place on the wine lists of many famous restaurants in Europe, America and Asia.
19/20 pts (96/100 pts) 2012 Greywacke Pinot Noir
“Elegant with concentrated red cherry, violet, mixed spice and coffee flavors. Sweet fruit is balanced by fine tannins which help drive a lengthy finish. A taut, thoroughbred that needs time to unlock its obvious complexity.”