Greystone Chardonnay 2020 (12 Bottles) Canterbury

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Our Chardonnay is a blend of our two oldest blocks. One block is limestone dominant, while the other is clay. Our vines flourish differently across both blocks. Limestone provides elegance and finesse, while our clay blocks provide weight and concentration. Organically managed, under-vine cultivation and fewer irrigation cycles have driven the Chardonnay roots deep into the soil.

started with a harsh frost which greatly reduced yield before a long dry summer settled in, which meant clean fruit and beautiful acidity. The dry autumn meant that fruit ripened evenly, and the flavor concentration was very noticeable. The fruit was harvested in the cool of the early morning to retain freshness and acidity.

We hand-picked our Chardonnay blocks and processed them without the use of additives. Each block was fermented separately in French oak barriques without intervention allowing for a natural, primary, and malo-lactic fermentation through to completion. Barrel aged for 10 months before estate bottling without fining.



About Greystone Wines

We believe true fine wines are temporal, each vintage a fleeting snapshot of a place in time. We don’t seek to manipulate the final product with additives or flavourings – instead we allow a true interpretation of the soil, vines and season to shine through.

We revel in protecting our land. The many ecological benefits of organic practices include healthy soils, healthy waterways, biodiversity, and a safe place for bees and other beneficial insects. The use of natural products throughout production provides a safe and happy work environment for our dedicated team. We see our commitment to organic winegrowing as a bigger picture collaboration with our plant towards a more stable climate and sustainable ecosystem.

Greystone draws its name from the unique limestone conglomerate that we find as the bedrock on which our vine roots grow in. A limestone mix of fossils, sea shells and small pebbles that have been fused together through the seismic movement of North Canterbury. Over time this ancient seabed has been pushed and folded upwards to form the Teviotdale Hills.

Pinot Noir famously loves soils with limestone and thus different clones, aspects and blocks were planted to see what was capable from this bare land. As the soil changes down the slope we’ve also planted Chardonnay and Riesling. Further on the flat we have Gewurztraminer, Pinot Gris and Sauvignon Blanc which thrive in the tough dry clays and gravels of North Canterbury.

By 2004 with the help of Viticulturist Nick Gill we had planted thirteen blocks across the Omihi slopes. Dom Maxwell became our winemaker and a team was formed in the pursuit of realising the potential of this exceptional site. The north facing limestone hills slope down to clay – the perfect combination for growing wines with minerality and concentration.

In 2007 the first wine was produced from here and over the years Greystone has grown amid accolades and acclaim to be recognised as one of New Zealand’s best wineries. We love this region and with our wines we aim to capture the essence of this site and reflect this in every bottle of Greystone.


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