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Wild Sauvignon Blanc

Greywacke - Wild Sauvignon Blanc 2018

New Zealand
White wine from Marlborough · New Zealand
Price: £26.50
Case Rate: £25.16
Ex Tax: £22.08
Wine Region: Marlborough
Winery: Greywacke
Wine Maker: Kevin Judd
Grape: Sauvignon Blanc
Grape Percentage: 100%
Alcohol Percentage: 13.3%
Unit Quantity (ml): 750
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Rating 92+ pts  Wine Advocate/Robert Parker
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Wine Region: Marlborough
Winery: Greywacke
Wine Maker: Kevin Judd
Grape: Sauvignon Blanc
Grape Percentage: 100%
Alcohol Percentage: 13.3%
Unit Quantity (ml): 750

Wine tasting notes

This Sauvignon Blanc from Kevin Judd is intensely complex, thanks to fermentation with wild yeasts and ageing in old French oak barriques – a delicious concoction of almond friand, white nectarine, blood orange laced with tarragon and a hint of smoked tea.

Expert reviews

Wine Advocate/Robert Parker (2014) - 92+ pts

Dec 2016 - Lisa Perrotti-Brown - The 2014 Wild Sauvignon has evolved into a lovely array of lemongrass, lime leaves and coriander seed hints over a core of grapefruit and dried herbs. Medium-bodied, the palate has a beautiful satiny texture with elegant herbal flavors and a long, lively finish.

Vinous/Antonio Galloni (2014) - 92 pts

May 2016 by Stephen Tanzer -(fermented in mostly old French oak barriques with wild yeasts; roughly two-thirds of this wine went through malolactic fermentation): Fresh scents of lemon verbena tea, menthol and smoke. Boasts terrific clarity, energy and cut to its flavors of tangy citrus fruits, white stone fruits and minerals, along with a complicating tropical fruit element. Sappy, dense Sauvignon Blanc with terrific underlying structure. This wine was bottled in November of 2015 following nearly a year in barrel and several months in tank. The Wild Sauvignon is routinely slightly higher in alcohol and lower in acidity than Judd's stainless steel version. (2013) - 17.5 pts

Tasted Feb 2016 - Lovely light note of struck match but it doesn't obscure the rich depth of the fruit. Greengage more than grassy, with a long tangy finish and great presence without excess fat. Spicy aftertaste. (JH)

Wine Spectator (2014) - 91 pts

The lemon-lime and lemongrass notes are precise, set on a light and supple body. Peppery, fresh herb accents linger on the finish, where the flavors crescendo and a lemon verbena detail sings out. Drink now.

James Suckling (2014) - 94 pts

Top Values No 15 - A beautifully judged, barrel-fermented sauvignon that's really complex but tightly integrated. It shows attractive lemons, limes and grapefruit as well as ripe peaches and green mangoes across some gently waxy, lanolin-like notes and dried grass. The oak is subdued and discreet, adding a neat, spicy and gently meaty savory thread. There's a wealth of flesh and weight below, as handy oak spices run through some crisp yet concentrated melon and papaya with a wash of lime juice. Great acidity, a smooth and supple texture and a succulent and flavorsome finish. Gently creamy. Drink now.

Wine Enthusiast (2013) - 90 pts

Struck flint and tomato leaf notes add welcome complexity to this wine's grapefruit aromas and flavors. For a wild-ferment Sauvignon Blanc, it's reasonably clean, with moderate body and a long, dry finish.

Wine Front (2014) - 94 pts

Has bare-bones DNA of herbal, grassy notes with mescal, pepper over stone fruits and passionfruit. There’s a sniff of wild stuff in briar, warm cashews, honey-on-toast and something like pot pourri. Palate is trim and given good curves from chalky fringes and limey acidity. It’s deeply flavoured yet courses with power. Tight, lean, needs a decant it feels, or at least, several years in cellar. Architectural sauvignon blanc, with pleasure.

Bob Campbell MW (2011) - 93 pts

This oak-aged and slightly funky Sauvignon has gained a cult following within a year or two if its first release. Richly textured and flavoursome wine with plenty of nutty oak and yeast lees influence that still allows the varietal character to shine through. Complex wine with character.

Michael Cooper (2014) - 5 stars

Still very youthful, the 2014 vintage (5*) is a leading example of Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc from well outside the mainstream. Grown in the Southern Valleys and the central Wairau Valley, it was fermented with indigenous yeasts in mostly old French oak barriques (8 per cent new), wood-matured for a year, and finally lees-aged in tanks for five months before bottling. Weighty, it has rich, vibrant tropical-fruit flavours, showing excellent complexity, and a long, dry, well-rounded finish.