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Greystone Waipara Chardonnay 2016

31 January,2018

Greystone Wines winemaker Dom Maxwell was recently awarded Gourmet Traveller Wine magazine New Zealand Winemaker of the Year 2018. It was well-deserved from my perspective, as I’ve been impressed with the quality of all the wines that he has made (click here to see my article). Dom credits the vineyard, the work of viticulturist Nick Gill and his team for much of the quality, but his sensitive handling of all varieties and guidance to the appropriate style is a major factor too. The wines are crafted to show a sense of place, the season and variety, with degrees of complexity. I love the aromatic wines particularly, but the Greystone Chardonnay and Pinot Noir wines are just as good and interesting, and in reality at the same level. Here, I review the 2016 Chardonnay, from a benign and long, warm and dry growing season. The richness and breadth reflect the vintage. www.greystonewines.co.nz

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Greystone Waipara Valley North Canterbury Chardonnay 2016

Chardonnay from New Zealand – Canterbury & Waipara

18.5/20

Bright golden-yellow colour with some depth, a little lighter on the rim. The nose is full with softly concentrated aromas of ripe yellow stonefruits and citrus fruit harmoniously entwined with an amalgam of creamy barrel-ferment and nutty oak. The aromatics are densely packed, unfolding suggestions of buttery MLF. Full-bodied, the palate has integrated ripe flavours of yellow stonefruits, citrus and tropical fruit and creamy oak with buttery notes. The fruit is fulsome and mouthfilling with breadth and roundness, the acidity ripe and soft. There is considerable alcoholic power and drive, and the wine carries positively to a solid, deep, sustained finish. This is a fulsome, mouthfilling Chardonnay with ripe yellow stonefruit and citrus fruit melded with creamy and nutty oak, and plenty of power. Match with roast pork over the next 4 years. Hand-picked fruit, one block WBP, and the clone 95 fruit foot-crushed, the fruit indigenous yeast fermented to 14.5% alc., the wine aged 11 months in 25% new French oak barriques, with 100% MLF. 18.5/20 Jan 2017 RRP $40.00

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