Greystone Sauvignon Blanc 2022 (12 Bottles) Canterbury

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Our Sauvignon Blanc blocks grow at the base of the Omihi hills, facing north-west into the North Canterbury sunshine. These are predominantly the rare Loire clones 376 and 530 but also with some Bordeaux MS clone in small amounts. The soils are mainly wind blown loess over clay. The block surrounded by the Omihi creek has been flooded regularly in the past so has some rich silt deposits on the top with freer draining gravels underneath. The dry North Canterbury summers, bony soils, and the low yielding clones all combine to give very concentrated flavours to our grapes.

The 2022 growing season started cool and cloudy which led to a reduction in flowering & fruit set meaning lower than-average yields. An inclement summer presented challenges throughout the growing season, however with attention to detail in the vineyards & our organic vines ability to naturally combat seasonal variation we were able to ripen the fruit evenly & harvest clean fruit showing great concentration and beautiful acidity. Fruit was harvested in the cool of the early morning to retain freshness and acidity.



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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