Greystone Rosé 2023 (12 Bottles) Canterbury

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It was slightly warmer, slightly wetter and slightly sunnier, giving us wonderful conditions for growing grapes. After a temperate winter, budburst was slightly earlier than usual, and although spring frosts were frequent, they were mercifully mild. Regular spring rainfall mixed with good sunshine hours through November and December helped ensure healthy vine growth and moderate bunch sizes. Warm North Canterbury summer days followed through December, January & February, pushing
along fruit development. Moderate temperatures through March and April prolonged the ripening period and allowed us to harvest at the optimum quality level.

Pinot Noir fruit was soaked overnight in cool conditions to allow for gentle extraction of flavour and colour before we gently pressed to tank for settling. Our Riesling portion was pressed as whole bunches for finesse of flavour and after two days settling the juice from each variety was racked clean and blended together. A long fermentation ensued, followed by an extended time of three months of full fermentation lees contributing subtle textures and length.



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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