Kevin Judd’s ‘Greywacke’ wines continue an inexorable climb to fame, and while the output may never overtake that he oversaw at Cloudy Bay, his reputation is quickly gaining ground to equal what he had then. Kevin’s take on the wines he makes now seems much more adventurous and the difference is no doubt part of his self-expression and point of difference. He’s not averse to building in layers of interest, even funkiness, and greater textures.
A bright fragrance of Clementine orange, fresh limes and a honeyed floral sweetness mingle with rich almond butter and a flinty, mealy savouriness reminiscent of freshly mown meadow hay. The palate is smooth and textural with lemon and grapefruit top notes wound into a warm marmalade brioche. An intricate flavour profile with a sense of subtlety that amplifies to a wine of powerful dimension. An intriguing brioche-like amalgam of roasted nuts, linseed and orange liquer. This is an exotic, intricate style that is rich and generous with ripe citrus and savoury wild yeast derived complexity. A concentrated wine with a tight, natural acid backbone and a long crisp finish.
An alluring combination of cumquats, peaches and yellow grapefruit melds with the more savoury aromas of almond nougat, vanilla beans and marzipan - an opulent concoction that is infused with a charry smokiness. The savouriness carries through onto a wonderfully dry, but rich and powerful palate that has great texture and concentration - evidence of this wine's low-intervention genesis.