2016 Greywacke Chardonnay

Year: 2016
Appellation: Marlborough
Country: New Zealand
Wine Spectator: 90
Wine Advocate: 92
Vinous Media: 93
James Suckling: 94
Red Wine
Alcohol by Volume: 14.0%
Price :


"There is a wonderful purity to the peach cobbler, marmalade, candied citrus peel and vanilla pudding flavors, with a fresh thread of acidity weaving in and out, and a spicy note of clove on the finish. Drink now. 150 cases imported. -MW" (WS)

"Struck flint and hints of sweet corn and toasted grain accent white peaches and ripe pineapple on the nose of the 2016 Chardonnay. It's medium to full-bodied but comes across as fresh and lively, with a crisp, mouthwatering finish.

Despite challenging vintage conditions in 2017 and 2018, the current lineup at Greywacke is undeniably successful. "Eighteen ended up being the better of the two," said owner-winemaker Kevin Judd during my January visit. "But they were both hard work." Judd said 2018 combined the warmest vintage on record with record precipitation in February. He seems equally comfortable with Riesling and Pinot Gris as he is with Chardonnay and Pinot Noir, using wood for portions of their élevage, just as in the Burgundy varieties. For Riesling, Judd said, "The oak is just to get some evolution—it lets the sulfides [most of the wines here are fermented with indigenous yeasts] become less stinky." Don't overlook the terrific series of botrytis wines! " (WA)

"Rich and flavorsome, this is starting to open up and hit the early stages of its drinking window. Wild-fermented in barrel, of which 20% were new, this offers an array of intriguing aromas from white flower and talc, to flint and smoky bacon. A combination of two clones, Mendoza and 95, it boasts complex layers and an assertive, lengthy finish." (VM)

"This has cleverly curated aromas of peach and grapefruit with flinty, winemaking complexity and hazelnut-like oak notes. The palate has a smooth, supple and fresh core of ripe-peach and lemon-curd flavors. Concentrated. Drink now. Screw cap." (JS)

Winery Notes:
An enticing combination of pink grapefruit, burnt orange and whitenectarine mingles with more savory aromas of smoked almonds, hazelnut meringue and the heady fragrance of freshly cut hay. The savoriness carries through onto a rich, textural palate, evidence of this wine’s low-intervention winemaking. An intricate bone-dry style that is highly concentrated with a distinct flintiness, and crisp citrussy finish.