Announcing #10 Greywacke/Top 100 Most Exciting Wines of 2023 by Wine Spectator!
Greywacke Sauvignon Blanc Marlborough 2022
Wine #10/Top 100 of 2023 – Score 95 | Highly Recommended
Price $23 | Cases Imported 10,000
Of the “Most Exciting” 100 wines of 2023, Wine Spectator is releasing their Top 10 picks; among them is Greywacke’s signature Sauvignon Blanc from Marlborough, New Zealand.
“To be honest, not a huge amount has changed since I first made Sauvignon Blanc in Marlborough,” says Greywacke founder Kevin Judd, who has been making wine in the region since the mid 1980s. His focus is on optimizing canopy management and yields to achieve solid ripeness (and steer away from underripe and green characteristics). With winemaker Richelle Tyney, Judd continues to raise the quality bar for the category. Part of their strategy is to lightly press the grapes to yield a modest volume of best-quality juice, the majority fermented in stainless steel tanks with cultured yeast, with a portion of the juice spontaneously fermenting with indigenous yeast in old oak barrels before it’s all blended together.
Wine Spectator Tasting Note
“Distinctive, succulent and wonderfully complex, offering stone fruit flavors on a rich, smooth and mouthwateringly juicy frame, with notes of honeysuckle, honey-preserved ginger, creamy lemon curd, ripe mango and flowers. Hints of spices linger on the long, expressive finish. Drink now.” —MaryAnn Worobiec
One of Marlborough’s pioneering winemakers, Kevin Judd’s appreciable career is intrinsically linked with the global path of New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc. Kevin’s personal venture, Greywacke (pronounced “grey-wacky”), was unveiled in 2009, fulfilling a long-held dream for himself and wife Kimberley. Named after New Zealand’s prolific bedrock, Greywacke was originally adopted as the name of the Judds’ first vineyard in Rapaura, whose soils had an abundance of these river stones. Now living in the Omaka Valley overlooking Marlborough’s striking patchwork of vines, Kevin sources fruit from mature vineyards in the central Wairau Plains and the Southern Valleys. Alongside winemaking, Kevin’s talent for photography has seen his evocative images appear in countless publications worldwide, and inevitably, take pride of place on the labels of his solo winemaking venture — the synthesis of his dual passions.
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