Greystone Thomas Brother’s Pinot Noir 2021 (6 Bottles) Canterbury

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Thomas Brothers Pinot Noir grows on our highest slopes, in limestone soils which impart a beautiful chalky tannin and finesse to the wine. The vines are naturally devigourated in the exposed conditions. They are buffeted by the Nor’west winds and protected from frost at that altitude. The hill slope block brings diversity of flavours with the lower area lighter and fruitier, while the top is dense and rich. 2019 gave us a small concentrated crop with incredible intensity and tiny bunches. We could taste the savoury flavours on the vine & look forward to seeing this age.

Our highest Pinot Noir block was hand picked before being hand sorted. A small percentage (15%) of whole bunch was retained for tannin structure, layers and complexity of flavours. The wine stayed on skins for 26 days allowing for full yet supple tannins,before a gentle pressing to three French oak barrels where the wine aged for 15 months. One of our finest single block expressions ever, showing the effects of fruit intensity and gentle handling. Estate bottled, without fining or filtration.



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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