Greywacke Chardonnay 2015Marlborough, South Island, New ZealandKiwi chardy can be such a delight, as is the case with this vintage of Greywacke, one that ably handles the reductive style. This was sourced from vineyards across the Southern Valleys and the central Wairau Plains, specifically in Woodbourne, Renwick and Rapaura. The mix is 2/3 Mendoza clone, 1/3 clone 95, with half of the batch sent directly from press to barrel. After native ferment, partial MLF, this spent 18 months in wood with low battonage, and 20 percent new barrels. The wine tightened with six months in stainless prior to bottling. It works. Flinty and racy, with focused, driving lemon, lemon peel and pith, along a cushioned bed of lees, pear, white peach and underbrush of crunchy rock salts and gravels. Potent and powerful, yet so fresh and vibrant, its 14 degrees alcohol isn't felt at all. Very drinkable now, and in future.Tasted: 30 October 2018Tasted by: Treve RingPrices: BC 28.00 private wine shops Producer: GreywackeDistributors: Pacific Wine & Spirits Inc.
Grape: ChardonnayCSPC: 198937UPC: 009421901925062