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Greystone 2015 ‘Erin’s’ Chardonnay and ‘Thomas Brothers’ Pinot Noir

15 March,2017
The ‘Erin’s’ Chardonnay and ‘Thomas Brothers’ Pinot Noir are the very best wines from Greystone in the Waipara Valley. The topography, exposure, north-west facing site, and limestone soils of ‘The Brothers Block’ has over the course of a decade proven to yield the finest fruit. At 130 meters, they are the highest and steepest planted vines in the Omihi vineyard established by viticulturist Nick Gill for proprietors Peter and Bruce Thomas. The fruit from this block go into the ‘reserve’ styled wines, the Pinot Noir named after Peter and Bruce, and the Chardonnay after Peter’s daughter. The 2013 vintage releases were spectacular (click here to see my reviews). Here I review the 2015 releases, from a drought year which yielded small bunches and tiny berries resulting in wines of intensity and concentration. Winemaker Dom Maxwell has incorporated his innovative techniques to further express ‘sense of place’. www.greystonewines.co.nz


Greystone ‘Erin’s’ Waipara Valley Chardonnay 2015

Chardonnay from New Zealand – Canterbury & Waipara

Bright, light golden-yellow colour with some depth, lighter on the edge. The nose is full and softly concentrated with good density of ripe citrus fruit and yellow stonefruit aromas harmoniously melded with mealy notes and nutty oak, along with toasty elements, unfolding creamy barrel-ferment and flinty nuances. Full-bodied, the palate is well-packed with deep and dense flavours of ripe citrus fruit and yellow stonefruits interwoven with mealy notes, nutty oak and flinty minerals. The palate has a very concentrated, flavoursome core with power and drive, the wine flowing along a firm textured line. Subtle barrel-ferment creaminess and integrated acidity balances the phenolics, and the wine carries to a fulsome, lingering finish of mealy stonefruits and nutty detail. This is a rich, powerful and concentrated Chardonnay with densely packed, complex flavours of mealy stonefruit and nuts. Match with rich poultry, pork and veal dishes over the next 5-6+ years. Mendoza clone fruit from the ‘Brothers Block’, hand-picked and indigenous yeast barrel-fermented to 14.5% alc., the wine aged 15 months in 50% new French oak with 100% MLF. 44 cases made. 19.5/20 Mar 2017 RRP $95.00

Greystone ‘Thomas Brothers’ Waipara Valley Pinot Noir 2015

Pinot Noir from New Zealand – Canterbury & Waipara

Dark ruby-red colour with youthful purple hues, showing good depth, a little lighter on the rim. This has a firmly concentrated nose with a rounded core of ripe dark-red berry fruit entwined with nuances of red plums, along with subtle notes of herbs and lifted dark-red and violet florals in a beautifully harmonious amalgam. Medium full-bodied, the palate is rich and sweet-fruited with flavours of dark-red berry fruits and red plums lifted by red and violet florals. Layers of herbs and savoury earthy detail unfold adding interest. The palate builds in mid-palate richness, flowing smoothly, revealing considerable tannin extraction, the textures very fine-grained and flowery. A fine edge of acidity provides energy and tension, leading to a long, lingering, elegantly proportioned finish of sweet red fruits. This is a rich, sweet, red-fruited Pinot Noir with subtle complexing floral herb and earthy detail, considerable extract, and excellent energy. Match with poultry and pork, lamb, beef and venison dishes over the next 7-9 years. Clones 5 and 115 from ‘The Brothers Block’ hand-picked and sorted, fully destemmed and indigenous yeast fermented. 25% amongst the vines, to 14.0% alc., the wine spending one month on skins and aged 15 months in 70% new French oak. 251 cases made. 19.0+/20 Mar 2017 RRP $95.00
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