2018 Greystone Gewurztraminer

2018 Greystone Gewurztraminer


Expert Reviews

95 Points - Bob Campbell MW - The Real ReviewAromatic gewürztraminer with pungent floral, white rose, pot-pourri and ginger characters. Intensely varietal wine with an ethereal texture and lingering finish. Very impressive

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How's it taste?

Light straw in colour, this Gewurztraminer is powerful, balanced and intensely flavoured. The nose displays floral notes, baking spices and lychee while the palate is rich, concentrated and long-lasting.

How was it made?

The four clones of Gewürztraminer were picked separately before a gentle foot crush and a long and slow press to tank. The juice was settled for two days before a portion was transferred to old French oak barrels and the remainder into tank for fermentation. A four-month fermentation with a further month on yeast lees has contributed texture and layers to this full-bodied wine.

Who made it?

In 2000 the Thomas Family purchased a farm on the Omihi hills and began work to create the Greystone vineyard. From the outset there was one goal: to realise exceptional wines from the unique terroir. By 2004 with the help of Viticulturist Nick Gill they had planted thirteen blocks across the Omihi slopes. Dom Maxwell became the winemaker and a team was formed in the pursuit of realising the potential of this exceptional site. The north facing limestone hills slope down to clay – the perfect combination for growing wines with minerality and concentration. Greystone’s first wines were grown on the banks of the Waipara river but in 2004 the move came to the limestone and clay slopes of their newly planted home in Omihi. In 2008 the first wine was produced from here and over the years Greystone has grown amid accolades and acclaim to be recognised as one of New Zealand’s best wineries. They aim to capture the essence of this site and reflect this in every bottle of Greystone wine. In early 2014 they began the conversion from conventional to organic viticulture.

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