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Late Harvest Riesling
South Island :: New Zealand
Greywacke is the Marlborough label of Kevin Judd, and the fulfilment of a long held dream. The name Greywacke was adopted by Kevin and his wife Kimberley for their first Marlborough vineyard located in Rapaura, named in recognition of the high prevalence of rounded greywacke river stones in the soils of the vineyard. Kevin registered the name back in 1993 with the vague notion that he might one day want to use it on a wine label of his own.
This quality focused winemaking venture sources fruit from mature vineyards within the central Wairau Plains and the Southern Valleys. These prime viticultural sites are cultivated using yield restricting vineyard management techniques and intense canopy management regimes.
The grapes were whole bunch pressed using a very low maceration press
cycle. The resulting batches of juice were cold-settled with a light fining and the clear juice was racked and inoculated in stainless steel tanks using cultured yeast. The two batches were blended during fermentation.
The fermentation was stopped in July, retaining120 g/l residual sugar. The wine remained on light yeast lees for a further five months prior to bottling in December with an alcohol of 12.0%.
A wine of intense aromatics – exotic honeysuckle blossom, candied lemon
and vanilla custard, infused with a hint of cloves.
The luscious palate has a marmalade-like combination of lemons and limes mingled with the richness of honeyed apricots and a dollop of crème caramel. Silky, succulent and harmonious – finishing with a lively citrusy crispness.