£25.85 per bottle
Greystone’s stunning full bodied Chardonnay opens up in the glass to reveal stone fruit, citrus and subtle oak flavours. This textural Chardonnay underscores the minerality from the limestone soils.
From the winemaker: “We hand-picked our Chardonnay blocks separately before whole-bunch pressing each portion separately. The individual portions were kept separate and transferred into French Oak barriques (20% new) where they went through a wild fermentation over several months and a subsequent natural malolactic fermentation in mid-Summer. The wine was aged in barrel without racking for 11 months before estate bottling without fining.”
92 points – Decanter Magazine “Delicious tropical backbone of passion fruit and pineapple, and a long, mouthcoating finish – this is the kind of plush Chardonnay that’s creeping back into fashion. It spends 11 months on the lees in 20% new oak, the yeast adding an irresistible butterscotch and peach kick.”
15.5/20 – Tim Jackson (Master of Wine) writing for JancisRobinson.com “Mid gold. Classic, barrel-ferment toasted hazelnut, over stone fruit and some ripe pear. Clarity of apple and stone fruit, with apple-crumble spice, bright acidity and a fairly long, fruit-sweet finish. Drink 2019 – 2023”
94 Points – Bob Campbell (Master of Wine) “Stylish, well-made organic chardonnay with hazelnut, sizzled butter, white peach, ginger and spicy oak flavours. A seamless wine with a lengthy finish displaying an array of subtle and appealing flavours. Delicious now but no rush.”
5 Stars – Michael Cooper (Winestate Magazine) “This richly fragrant, weighty wine was barrel-fermented with indigenous yeasts. Bright yellow/green, it is powerful, deep and complex, with lush, vibrant, peachy, gently toasty flavours, balanced acidity, and a long, very harmonious finish. Best drinking 2021+”
94 Points – Cameron Douglas (Master Sommelier) “Floral, fruity, some wood accents and earthy/mineral layers. Creamy, weighty, complex and layered on the palate. Flavours do reflect the nose, but this wine is more about texture and synergy. Medium+(ish) acidity, moderate use of oak with fine tannins and wood spices, a core of yellow fruits and apple, some wild flowers and intriguing harmony. Well made with a lengthy finish. Drink now and through 2024.”
94 Points – Sam Kim (Wine Orbit) “It is wonderfully composed and gloriously complex on the nose showing ripe stone fruit, mango, vanilla and cedar characters with nuances of butterscotch and flint. The palate is concentrated and succulent, offering plush mouthfeel and creamy texture, brilliantly structured by bright acidity. Multi-layered and hugely appealing. At its best: now to 2024.”
18.5/20 – Joelle Thomson “North Canterbury is home to some of the country’s most impressive X-factor wines, including this outstanding Chardonnay from Greystone. This was made from grapes that were hand-picked in mid-April 2017, then whole bunch pressed into French oak (20% new) where they went through wild fermentation and natural malolactic the following summer. The wine was then barrel-aged for 11 months, adding body, weight and complexity.”
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