Greywacke WILD Sauvignon scoops top marks in Decanter panel tasting
Published at Jan 25, 2024
Greywacke winemaker, Kevin Judd, is highly regarded for his role in establishing Cloudy Bay and putting Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc on the map, so it's no surprise that his WILD Sauvignon has scooped top marks in Decanter's New Zealand Panel Tasting with 97 points!
This isn't your average Sauvignon Blanc, Kevin has crafted a masterpiece which combines meticulous grape selection, a wild fermentation, a little lees ageing and good lick of French oak.
When we talk about a 'wild fermentation' it simply means the winemaker is leaving the wine to spontaneously ferment, relying on the naturally occurring yeasts on the grape skins and in the winery to ferment the wine. It's a little more risky and labour intensive, but the natural yeasts can really intensify the character of the wine, reflecting the microflora that exists within the vineyards.
On the nose, there's a delightful floral fragrance, complementing those classic punchy Sauvignon aromatics. A touch of lees ageing and maturation in French oak adds a wonderful texture and mouthfeel, as well as notes of wood smoke. If you're a fan of quality white Bordeaux, this will be right up your street!
We have the 2021 vintage in stock, which is the one featured in the January issue, so grab a bottle while you can!
Greywacke WILD Sauvignon Blanc 2021