Greystone Erin’s Reserve Waipara Valley Chardonnay 2018

September 13, 2020By Yvonne

Greystone Erin’s Reserve Waipara Valley Chardonnay 2018 $100 Before you ask (and I know you’re about to) this wine is absolutely. worth. every. cent. Expertly crafted by Dom Maxwell, awarded Winemaker of the Year accolades from both Decanter Magazine and Winestate Magazine, the Erin’s Reserve 2018 chardonnay could be, in my opinion, his greatest achievement … Read More

Greystone Thomas Brothers’ Waipara Valley Pinot Noir 2018

August 31, 2020By Yvonne

Greystone Thomas Brothers’ Waipara Valley Pinot Noir 2018 $95 This signature pinot noir, crafted by the multi-award-winning winemaker Dom Maxwell, comes from the highest elevation site on their limestone layered property.  Hand-picked, hand-sorted and with a proportion of whole bunches in the wild ferment, it’s a wild and woolly, deliciously herbal and smoke-edged wine.  That … Read More

Greystone Waipara Barrel Fermented Sauvignon Blanc 2015 $22 (4.5stars)

April 4, 2017By Yvonne

100% of the sauvignon blanc juice was fermented in French oak before a smidge (10%) was put through a malolactic ferment to add a creamy, textural layer.  After maturation in barrel for another  months before being bottled back in December, you’d expect this sauvignon to be seriously toasty.  However it’s remarkably herbaceous, floral and fresh, … Read More

Greystone Waipara Sauvignon Blanc 2015

April 19, 2016By Yvonne

Greystone Waipara Sauvignon Blanc 2015 $22 ★★★★½ This is one seriously tropical, juicy, succulent sauvignon blanc from the nor-wester buffetted, limestone-laden slopes of North Canterbury.  Deeply textural, powdery and mineral-edged, there’s a wildly tasty wave of nectarine, preserved lemon and crushed green herbs in every mouthful too.  Winemaker Dom Maxwell is an evil genius and … Read More

Greystone Basket Star Riesling 2011

November 16, 2015By Yvonne

Greystone Basket Star Riesling 2011 375ml $38.90 ★★★★★ It hardly seems possible this multiple gold medal and 5-star winner could get better, but with each year that passes it just does.  Golden and gorgeous in the glass and oozing aromas of candied mandarins, fig, quince and blue-borage honey alongside baked citrus flavours and a full, … Read More

Go Go Greystone!

June 25, 2014By Yvonne

If you thought great New Zealand pinot noir only poured out of Central Otago, then here’s a nugget of knowledge for you.  Waipara is fast becoming where it’s at.  Well, this week it was anyway, with the announcement that the Greystone ‘Brothers Reserve’ 2012 ($69) scooped the prestigious International Pinot Noir Trophy at the Decanter … Read More

Pinot Favours the Brave…

January 30, 2013By Yvonne

I’m writing this column from the comfort of a cloth-covered trestle table upstairs in the Wellington Town Hall in what has been dubbed the “Media Centre”.  I’ve worked in loads of “media centres” around the traps in the past but this would take the cake for no-frills.  Although at least here there’s one of those … Read More