Greywacke is a quality focused winemaking venture that sources fruit from mature vineyards within the central Wairau Plains and the Southern Valleys. These prime viticultural sites are cultivated using yield restricting vineyard management techniques and intense canopy management regimes. A number of the vineyards are owned by the Sutherland family, while complementary grape parcels are acquired from additional select sites, all located within these sub-regions.
The wines are made by Kevin at Dog Point Winery in the lower Brancott Valley, a facility extended to him by long-standing friends and industry colleagues, Ivan Sutherland and James Healy. The Greywacke portfolio is primarily based on two varieties, Sauvignon Blanc and Pinot Noir, the Sauvignon Blanc being produced in two distinctly different styles. In addition to this core range of three wines, there are also limited-edition releases of chardonnay, and three aromatic varieties – Pinot Gris, Riesling and Gewürztraminer. Kevin’s signature vineyard photographs provide the unmistakeable identity of the Greywacke Range.
"Light yellow hue, with a big sulfur whiff at first, over the top of honey and floral aromas, the bouquet reminding more of German wine than Antipodean. The wine is dry and lean in the mouth with good intensity and length. There is a tickle of sweetness at the core, a halbtrocken style perhaps, but the finish is dried off cleanly by vibrant acidity. A fine wine that should repay cellaring." - 92 Points, Huon Hooke (The Real Review)
"Moderately intense, off-dry riesling with lime zest, white flowers, struck-flint, oyster-shell and green apple characters. The wine builds attractive sweet-and-sour tension. Power, purity and a mouth-watering finish." - 92 Points, Bob Campbell MW