Greywacke Sauvignon Blanc 2009 (Marlborough, NZ)
$25, Screwcap, 13.5%
This is Kevin Judd’s new wine, Cloudy Bay 2.0, a new Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc built large and proud. Large in intensity, large in structure, large in flavour. Personally, I couldn’t finish a glass, as it’s really not a wine style that I like to drink, but geez it’s good Marlborough Savvy, built for the serious fans.
Firmly varietal nose. Asparagus, herbs and more herbs. Capsicum too. Bottle age has given the asparagus a tinny note (a character I detest) but no shaking that classic stony Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc-ness out of it. Palate too is framed with no shortage of intensity. Top shelf grapes here. Dry, firm and ripe palate is a big mouthful of acid and fruit, with some smoky oak at the rim. Lots of flavour.
If I was a Savvy man this would be exciting stuff. I’m not, but no questioning the very high quality of the fruit/winemaking here, and that alone deserves proper (objective) high marks. 17.9/9