Greywacke Pinot Noir 2015
96 Points James Suckling
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
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.
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.
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.
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.