Very reminiscent of a limestone chablis. Nose is loaded with lemongrass and peach pit. Balanced acidity with melon flesh on the pallet. Wonderful for a warm summer afternoon with creamed corn and grilled veggies. — 5 days ago
This is a beautifully understated syrah...the nose is restrained with faint smoked meats, dark fruit, and baking spices...then such a balanced mouthfeel with cedar, stewed plums, tar, and a hint of cocoa that flow effortlessly across the entire palate with a subtle tannic grip at the end....delicious! — a year ago
Cloudy Bay’s 33rd vintage. I’ve been a fan since their 12th. In fact, their 1996 was my epiphany wine; it was THE bottle that started it all. Founded in 1985 by David Hohnen of Margaret River’s Cape Mentelle along with its first winemaker, Kevin Judd, who would go on to spend 25 years there before creating his own label, Greywacke. Judd is widely considered as the pioneer responsible for elevating New Zealand wine to its current status. Judd also happens to be one of the best wine photographers in the world (I highly recommend his ‘The Landscape of New Zealand Wine’). Cloudy Bay was acquired by LVMH (Louis Vuitton Möet Hennessy) in 2003. Production of the 2017 vintage was down due to Cyclone Debbie. All fruit that was not harvested prior to the storm was discarded. Lime oil and white grapefruit combine with lemongrass and apricot, and will have you bracing for a razor sharp acidity to come, but what follows is superb balance. There’s a ping of acidity that’s just enough, which allows the flavors to linger just a little longer than usual. Still a fan. — 3 years ago
Grapefruit peaches and tomato leaf on the nose, waxy melon body with sharp citrus acidic finish — 7 days ago
Kevin Judd handeling the Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc in his own way by natural fermentation on oak.
Pale to straw yellow.
Still fruity (pear and grapefruit) & herbal (asparagus and grass), but with added minerality (a hint of flint), butteryness and some earthyness that makes this SB surpass a regular Marlborough Sauvignon.
Medium to high acidity. Medium to long aftertaste. — 2 months ago
MacLaren Greywacke Vineyard Syrah 2017
Full bodied plum, sharp berries,and herb/spice swirl. Steve Law is master syrah wine craftsman. — 2 months ago
Very nice Marlborough Chardonnay ($27) — 3 months ago
One of my favourite wines! Two thirds of the grapes were picked early and put through carbonic maceration, leaving the rest to dry on the vines for a bit. Then it was aged in some new and old French oak barrels for a bit, and then it was bottled and sold. The nose is luscious and fruity, with a combination of dark and red fruit. Traces of herbs, such at nettle and mint add some beautiful green tones, while in the depths of the wine is the deep, booming bass of barbecuing meat. This wine has everything. Moderate acidity for length, which also balances the high alcohol. The oak really shines on the palate. Fuck yes. — 3 years ago
"Church vineyard." From the upper Ahr, with a higher percentage of slate and greywacke, this is coursing with mineral tension, dark fruit, and fine oak integration on a sturdy medium frame. Winner — 4 years ago