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Wine Review #8
2017 Greywacke Sauvignon Blanc
Marlborough, New Zealand
Tasted At: Fine Vintage Sensory Master Class, Chicago, Illinois

Wine Notes:
Alcohol 13%
Sauvignon Blanc Grape
Clear, Pale Appearance
Grapes Machine Harvested
Cultured and Indigenous Yeast Used
Left on Lees for a Period of Time


I really liked the 2017 from Greywacke as it is the quintessential Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc.  Aromatic notes of lemon and grapefruit with an elegant touch of green grass.  Pleasing floral notes round out this delicious wine.  I would drink this over and over again – especially at the compelling price of $20 per bottle.  What a steal!

Wine Maker’s Notes:
“Fruit was sourced from various prime vineyard sites in Marlborough’s Southern Valleys, the central Wairau Plains (specifically in Woodbourne, Renwick and Rapaura) and a spectacular river terrace site in the upper Awatere Valley. Soil types vary from the young alluvial soils of Rapaura, Renwick and the upper Awatere, which contain high proportions of New Zealand’s ubiquitous greywacke river stones, to the older and denser clay-loams of the Southern Valleys. The majority of the vineyards were trained using the divided Scott Henry canopy management system, with the balance on a two- or three-cane VSP (vertical shoot positioning) trellis.

Harvested largely by machine during cool (often cold) night-time conditions, the sauvignon blanc grapes were picked into half-tonne bins, which were tipped directly into the tank press and lightly pressed. The resulting juice was cold-settled prior to fermentation in stainless steel, primarily using cultured yeast for cool, slow fermentation. A portion was allowed to undergo spontaneous indigenous yeast fermentation using slightly warmer temperature regimes.

All individual vineyard batches were left on lees and kept separate until late July, when the blend was assembled. The wine was bottled in mid-August with an alcohol of 13.0%, pH 3.15 and acidity 7.5 g/l.”

Wine Rating: 90
Price Adjusted Rating: 93

Note: My goal is to provide characteristics of the wine and not to sway a wine drinker from trying any wine – even those that I rate at a lower score.  My rating is just that – MY rating.  I base my rating on a number of different components; however, my 5 Characteristics of Wine Style: Balance, Length, Intensity, Complexity and Expressiveness play largely into my final rating.  I am independent in my evaluation of every wine.  Ultimately, my wine rating scale is the same scale used by Robert Parker whereby:

96-100 Extraordinary
90-95 Outstanding
80-89 Above Average to Excellent
70-79 Average
60-69 Below Average
< 59 Appalling

I also provide a price adjusted rating.  This rating takes into account the quality of the wine (per my rating) and the average price consumers are paying for a standard 750ml bottle of wine.