75cl * Vegan * 13.5% ABV * Marlborough, New Zealand
Greywacke (pronounced grey-wacky) is the creation of Kevin Judd who was the founding, and consequently head, winemaker for the first twenty five vintages of Cloudy Bay (1985 to 2009) and as such was instrumental in establishing the New Zealand wine industry.
The name Greywacke was adopted by Kevin for his first Marlborough vineyard located in Rapaura in recognition of the high prevalence of rounded greywacke river stones in the soils of the vineyard, a sedimentary rock that is widely found in Marlborough – a great fact you can impress your friends with when you pull out a bottle. After 25 years as Cloudy Bay’s winemaker, Judd says he wanted ‘more time with the gum boots on and less time running reports’. But he admits it meant starting from scratch again. He’s having to do everything himself – he’s the winemaker, forklift truck driver, marketing director, designer and IT man rolled into one.
It all started back in 2009 and, in the words of the Beatles, he’s getting by with a little help from his friends! He’s sourced fruit from ‘people he knows’ and has rented winery space from good friend, James Healy, owner of Marlborough’s Dog Point. Where many of his former colleagues now work at Dog Point and it’s become affectionately termed the ‘Cloudy Bay retirement home’. Even the gardener and accountant are ex-Cloudy Bay. Whenever you meet Kevin, you can be sure his dog Dixie will be close by.
The wine is a delicious fusion of ripe summer fruits and delicate floral perfume, citrus blossom and elderflower entwined with nectarines and white peaches, mandarin and cantaloupe with a twist of lemon. Intensely flavoured, succulent and crisp with a delicate herbal infusion.