Greywacke Pinot Noir 2015
96 Points James Suckling

Greywacke Pinot Noir 2015
Wine Specs
bottle size
750 ml
region
New Zealand
robert parker
91
varietal
Pinot Noir
wine enthusiast
92
wine spectator
93
96 Points James Suckling
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Winemaker Notes

Deeply colored and oozing rich dark fruit – a virtual bowl of ripe black cherries, blackberries topped with a dollop of grandma’s homemade plum jam. An opulent interpretation of Marlborough Pinot layered with evocative fragrances of cloves, star anise, tea smoke and a hint of gaminess. The palate is generous with ripe fruit, fine tannins and a delicious spicy finish.

James Suckling - 96 Points
This has impressive richness and concentration, whereby darker cherries and sweetly spiced earthy nuances run through the nose to an effortless, pillowy palate texture. The tannins here are smartly wrapped around ripe plums and dark cherries. So seamless and long. Drink now to 2025.
Range: 95-96
 
Decanter - 93 Points
From several different plots, all of different Pinot clones, the fruit was kept separate and partially whole-bunch fermented with wild yeast, then aged separately in medium-toast French oak, 40% new, for 18 months. It was then blended, fined and bottled. It has a lovely bright cherry nose, followed on the palate by some tarry oak, dark chocolate and fresh red fruits. The oak is dominant at the moment, with a fuller, richer, woodier character than the 2012, but it should settle down to reveal the purity of the fruit beneath.
 
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate - 91 Points
Kevin Judd's 2015 Pinot Noir is in the dark-fruited style of the vintage, marked by notes of black cherries, cola and spice. It's only medium-bodied, with silky tannins and crisp acids, but it shows the concentrated character found in many of Marlborough's 2015 Pinots. It should drink well for up to decade.
WS90
Wine Spectator
Robust and expressive, offering a spicy, campfire edge to the plum and cherry flavors, with shades of herb, spice and cola, backed by muscular tannins. Drink now through 2028.

Wine Profile

production notes

The grapes were hand-harvested and chilled overnight prior to hand sorting. Most of the fruit was then de-stemmed into open-top fermenters, the majority of which also had a percentage of whole-bunch inclusion. The fruit was left to soak on skins prior to the onset of indigenous yeast fermentation, then plunged daily. After fermentation the wine was pressed, racked and filled to French oak barriques (40% new).

Individual clones were separately aged in barrel for 18 months, prior to blending in December. Once in tank the wine was lightly egg white fined, then bottled in March 2017 with alcohol 13.5%, pH 3.65 and acidity 5.7 g/l. pH

ratings

James Suckling

An earthy edge together with graphite and baking spices here as well as dark cherries and redder fruits: It's all nicely layered on the nose. The palate has smooth, lightly textured but richly flavored fruit in the form of spiced cherries and plums. Plenty of depth offered by this great pinot. Drink now to 2025.

94 points

Wine Spectator

Detailed, with notes of dried lavender, white pepper, fresh loamy earth and black tea set against a core of strawberry and raspberry flavors. Smooth and plush, this becomes even more expressive on the finish, where spice details fan out. Drink now through 2025.

93 Points

Wine Enthusiast

Making top-flight Marlborough Pinot Noir wasn't easy in 2014, so this is an especially notable effort from Kevin Judd. Classic savory, forest-floor notes frame black-tea and plum flavors in this concentrated, richly textured wine. Drink now–2022. 

92 Points

Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

Medium ruby colored, the 2014 Pinot Noir exudes lovely floral notes of roses and lavender with a core of cranberries and red currants, plus hints of Provence herbs and fragrant earth. Light to medium-bodied, soft, elegant and filled with earthy/perfumed flavor layers, it delivers great expression and poise.

91 Points

 

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