2016 Greywacke Pinot Noir

Year: 2016
Appellation: Marlborough
Country: New Zealand
Wine Advocate: 91
James Suckling: 95
Red Wine
Alcohol by Volume: 13.5%
Price :
$32.95

LIMITED RELEASE!

"A bit less intense than the 2015, the 2016 Pinot Noir is nevertheless a lovely drink. A blend of fruit from primarily the Brancott and Omaka Valleys, it shows earthy, dark-fruited notes of black cherries and plums. It's medium to full-bodied, plush and velvety on the palate, with a long, vibrant 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)

"Impressive richness and concentration of brambleberry and black-cherry aromas and flavors here. The palate unfurls plenty of spicy and succulent fruit flesh with tannins that are nicely wrapped around the finish. This is all class. Drink or hold. Screw cap." (JS)

Winery Notes:
TASTING NOTES:
Deliciously fragrant blackberries, blueberries and the sweet aroma of homemade strawberry jam, intermingled with more savory suggestions of black olives, cedar and a hint of lavender. The ethereal but fi nely structured palate has concentrated varietal character that combines red and black fruit with earthy, smoky nuances.