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Average critic rating : 90.5 points
Bright, pale lemon-yellow. Musky aromas of lemon drop, peach, fresh herbs and pepper. Sweet and supple, conveying excellent intensity and lift to its peach and orange zest flavors, with some bound-up CO2 keeping it fresh. A bit less generous and more youthfully compressed than the 2015 version, with a peppery element that still needs to harmonize with the wine's fruit, but boasts terrific sappy intensity and length. May 2016, www.vinous.com, Drink: 2016-2020
The 2014 Sauvignon Blanc exudes a slightly yeasty / savory fruit nose with plenty of lemon and lime character presiding over nuances of lightly browned toast, white blossoms and coriander seed. There's also some coriander coming through on the elegantly fruited palate that also has a nice suggestion of minerals on the long finish.
Kevin Judd named Greywacke after the drab grey sandstone found everywhere in New Zealand, but the wine he makes is anything but: it's bold but never brash, deeply fruited, complex and above all refined. As founding winemaker at Cloudy Bay and the man responsible for the first 25 vintages of New Zealand's most iconic Sauvignon Blanc, Kevin Judd has gone from strength to strength and Greywacke is a perfect insight into skills. The wine is made at Dog Point Winery from fruit sourced from his own small vineyards along with grapes from the Wairau Plains and Woodbourne and Renwick in South Marlborough.
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