2016 Greyrock Sauvignon – Wine Review

Greyrock Sauvignon Blanc 2016

This is a wine review of a Greyrock Sauvignon Blanc 2016 from the Marlborough region of New Zealand. This wine has an alcohol content of 12% and retails around $14.99.

Appearance

​The Greyrock Sauvignon Blanc 2016  bottle is green with beige label and grey/green font. The wine is light straw with green rim variation.

Aroma/Nose

The nose is clean and has very tropical fruit flavors such as mangos, pineapple and an aroma of minerality- like wet stone. This wine is youthful.

Tasting

This is a medium bodied, high acidity Sauvignon Blanc. True to the aromas, the tropical notes of pineapple, mangoes and gooseberry take over the palate. This is followed by a real citrusy component that leads into the finish. The finish was medium in length and has remnants of pink grapefruit and mineral.

Overall Experience

The Greyrock Sauvignon Blanc 2016 was a pleasant experience. I wouldn’t say it was my favorite out of the Marlborough region but it surely did the trick on a Friday night after a long week! The flavors were great but I would have liked the finish to be a bit longer and for me, personally, not a huge pink grapefruit fan. This wine is made for drinking now and not suitable for further aging.

Pairings

Food – Seafood, salads

Cigar – Perdomo Habano Barrel Aged Maduro or La Herencia Cubana Core or St. Luis Rey Gen 2

Wine Publication Ratings

Wine Enthusiast – 90pts.

Decanter World Wine Awards – Bronze

Winemakers Tasting Notes

Greyrock Sauvignon Blanc 2016 has fresh, juicy grapefruit and gooseberry flavors with a rich, lingering finish. Great as an aperitif, or try it with seafood and salads. It will cellar comfortably for 2-3 years. Best served lightly chilled.

About Greyrock Wines –  http://www.greyrock.co.nz//

(Source – Winery Website)
Greyrock’s Hawke’s Bay wines are sourced from two vineyard sites situated on river gravel soils, each of which has slightly different climatic characteristics suited to different grape varieties and wine styles. The warm, free draining vineyards around the winery are planted on the gravel deposits of an old river valley and provide the Merlot and Cabernet Franc used in Greyrock’s Bordeaux style blended red wines. Further inland, on a dry river gravel terrace 100 metres higher in altitude, the cooler vineyard site produces Pinot Noir, Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc grapes. Similarly Marlborough’s cooler vineyard sites are the perfect environment for the production of premium quality Sauvignon Blanc.
Greyrock is focused on the production of fine wine and maintain the highest standard in environmentally sustainable viticultural and winemaking practices. This contributes to the production of handcrafted wines which reflect the unique characteristics of the vineyard regions.
Greyrock wines are made at a state-of-the-art Hawke’s Bay winemaking facility which is designed to crush over 1500 tonnes of grapes utilising both high-tech and traditional winemaking methods. Gentle air-bag presses and temperature controlled tanks give precise control of grape juice quality, while open top red wine fermenters and cool barrel cellars provide for more time-honoured techniques. Chief Winemaker Grant Edmonds leads a team of Winemakers with vintage experience in many of the world’s major wine regions. They are passionate about the ability of Hawke’s Bay and Marlborough to produce world class wines.