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 virtual compote loaded with black plums, boysenberries and redcurrants, lightly infused with cinnamon and cloves. An intensely perfumed Marlborough pinot with fruit sweetness, floral highlights and a distinct smoky fragrance. The full-flavoured palate has dark fruit richness with great length and freshness - finishing with a hint of Middle Eastern spice.
Imagine a black forest gateaux made with marinated black cherries and very ripe blackberries, served with a little creamy vanilla custard. A highly perfumed style of Marlborough pinot featuring exotic fruit sweetness, a cedar-like spiciness and a delicate smoky scent reminiscent of lapsang souchong. The palate is dense and generous with ripe cherry-plum richness, some soft licorice and clove and a fine but voluptuous tannin structure.