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Pinot Noir, Greystone

Greystone Pinot Noir is grown on limestone rich soils on north facing slopes.

A Pinot Noir with generous richness and flavour concentration. Layers of ripe fruit, floral and spice with a gentle tannin line.

Technical analysis

ALCOHOL

13.5 %

pH

3.76

ACIDITY

5.6 g/L

ORIGIN

New Zealand

WINEMAKER

Dom Maxwell

VARIETY

Pinot Noir

TIME IN OAK

11 months

MALOLACTIC FERMENTATION

Yes

CLOSURE

Screw top

BOTTLE SIZE

75cl

REGION

Waipara

VEGETARIAN

Yes

VEGAN

Yes

ORGANIC

Yes

Vintage conditions

The first week of November and the month of December were very hot and dry – perfect conditions for flowering. The vines produced a solid crop with large bunches. Careful leaf plucking to open the canopy and significant bunch thinning was required to ensure quality targets were met. Rain in January and February gave the soils a top up and ensured canopies stayed healthy. Overall one off the warmest seasons of the last 10 years produced beautiful, healthy Pinot bunches with great flavour intensity.

Vinification details

Greystone approach is simple and traditional. After careful hand picking and sorting, each batch of Pinot Noir is allowed to soak on skins at ambient temperatures before going through wild fermentation. Gentle  hand plunging of each vat occurs daily before pressing to French oak barriques after one month of maceration. Each barrel goes through a natural malo-lactic fermentation the following Summer, before blending and bottling 12 months after harvest.

Green credentials

Member of Sustainable Winegrowing New Zealand. Estate vineyards are managed organically and the wine certified organic.

Awards

Bob Campbell MW: 93 pts
Raymond Chan: 5*
Jancis Robinson: 16 pts

 

 

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The palate has very polished, dialed-in texture with smooth-honed tannins...

JamesSuckling.com

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Pinot Noir, Greystone

Greystone Pinot Noir is grown on limestone rich soils on north facing slopes.

Dark crimson in colour with a delicate nose of both red and black wild berries, and Greystone's signature savoury flavours. The palate is full and structured with fine tannins and juicy acidity.

Technical analysis

ALCOHOL

13.0 %

pH

3.68

ACIDITY

5.4 g/L

ORIGIN

New Zealand

WINEMAKER

Dom Maxwell

VARIETY

Pinot Noir

HARVEST DATE

April 2017

TIME IN OAK

10 months

MALOLACTIC FERMENTATION

Yes

CLOSURE

Screw top

BOTTLE SIZE

75cl

REGION

North Canterbury

VEGETARIAN

Yes

VEGAN

Yes

ORGANIC

Yes

Vintage conditions

The 2017 growing season followed on from a 12 month drought in North Canterbury. The spring was warm, windy and frost free. Excellent conditions over flowering led to even fruit set and a good number of bunches. Just before vintage was ready to begin two tropical cyclones spun down from the north and created very wet, warm conditions for a period of weeks. Unlike 2014, once the cyclones passed the weather dried up and harvest was able to continue unimpeded by rain.

Vinification details

Grapes were hand picked based on ripeness and tannin maturity, then hand sorted at the winery to retain the finest bunches, followed by wild fermentation. A portion of the blend was fermented in the vineyard and blended in the winery. Gently pressed to French oak barrels and matured for 10 months. Bottled onsite without fining.

Awards

JamesSuckling.com: 94 pts
Bob Campbell MW: 93 pts
Wine Advocate: 92 pts
Vinous: 91 pts

Green credentials

Member of Sustainable Winegrowing New Zealand. Estate vineyards are managed organically and the wine certified organic.

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This is a rich, ripe Pinot Noir with a harmoniously integrated palate...

Raymond Chan

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Pinot Noir, Greystone

Greystone Pinot Noir is grown on limestone rich soils on north facing slopes.

Deep dark plum colour with a nose of red and black cherry, plum and blue florals. Vineyard elements of spice and blue flowers shine through beautifully into the textural palate of boysenberry and ripened plum. Long fine-grained tannins threaded with subtle French oak and savoury notes support the fruit throughout. Full bodied, elegant, juicy and perfectly balanced.

Technical analysis

ALCOHOL

14.0 %

pH

3.54

ACIDITY

5.5 g/L

ORIGIN

New Zealand

WINEMAKER

Dom Maxwell

VARIETY

Pinot Noir

HARVEST DATE

March 2016

TIME IN OAK

11 months

MALOLACTIC FERMENTATION

Yes

CLOSURE

Screw top

BOTTLE SIZE

75cl

REGION

North Canterbury

VEGETARIAN

Yes

VEGAN

Yes

Vintage conditions

An early start to the growing season with mild spring conditions encouraged good growth and excellent flowering. A warm dry summer and autumn gave very even ripening and extended hang time on the vine, producing ripe tannins and unhurried picking decisions.

Vinification details

Hand sorted at the winery to retain the finest bunches, followed by traditional winemaking, wild fermentation and hand plunging. Low levels of whole bunch provide complexity and layers. Naturally fermented on skins for just under one month, providing tannin, flavour and colour to each small batch. Gently pressed to French oak barrels, 30% new, and aged without racking for 11 months. Bottled onsite without fining.

Awards

Raymond Chan: 19
Bob Campbell MW: 93 pts

Green credentials

Member of Sustainable Winegrowing New Zealand. Estate vineyards are managed organically.

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