2018 Verus Riesling
Despite lovely youthful Riesling character the wine is already showing great potential. It is developing an intense lime zest and peach varietal bouquet with hints of basil perfume which follows through to the palate showing length and elegance with a lively crisp style and beautiful balance.
Verus (Latin for “true”) is an exciting new winery founded in 2007 and owned by three friends who now produce some of the most exciting white wines coming out of Slovenia. The 12 hectare vineyards are located around Ormoz in the appellation of Styria (Stajerska) on the Jeruzalem-Ormoz hills close to the Hungarian-Croatian borders. The cool climate here is influenced by the Alps, the Adriatic Sea and the Pannonian Plain.
2020 Sauvignon Blanc, Greywacke, Marlborough
Yellow- fleshed peaches, rock melon and blackcurrant alongside lemon icing, chamomile and hints of rose petal – this is a delicately perfumed and deliciously ripe-fruited interpretation of Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc. The palate is both subtle and textural, showing considerable ripeness and concentration, with a crisp and long, juicy finish.
As the 2021 harvest continues apace in Marlborough, the 2020 Sauvignon Blanc from Greywacke has been awarded 95 points in the latest edition of Decanter Magazine.
The 2020 harvest faced complications due to New Zealand entering a strict lockdown on 24 February due to Covid-19. Fortunately, the Greywacke team were able to work as a big family isolation bubble, and the harvest was able to continue, despite very challenging circumstances.
In Cameron Douglas MS’s words, the Greywacke Sauvignon Blanc 2020 shows a “seductive bouquet of wild flowers and minerals, a fine-leesy complexity and fresh aromas and flavours of citrus, peach tea and sweet hay. Crisp, refreshing, fruity and dry with fine texture. Just enough concentration of flavour to contrast the fresh herb notes and salivating acidity. Well made and long.
Greywacke was created in 2009 by Kevin Judd, chief winemaker at Cloudy Bay from its inception for 25 years and instrumental in the international recognition which Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc enjoys now. The name 'Greywacke' was adopted by Kevin for his first Marlborough vineyard located in Rapaura in recognition of the high prevalence of rounded greywacke river stones in the soils of the vineyard, a sedimentary rock which is widely found in Marlborough. Kevin Judd is also New Zealand's finest wine photographer and has recently published a book 'The Landscape of New Zealand Wine'.
Verus Sauvignon Blanc Slovenia
We love this as a great alternative to NZ Sauv Blanc!
Vibrant fruit with the classic gooseberry, passionfruit and nettles aromas; good depth of flavour and length. Crisp and elegant on the palate. Owned by two brothers & their friends close to the Hungarian / Croatian border they produce some of the most interesting & exciting wines to come out of Slovenia.
Mt. Difficulty Pinot Gris
Recently rated 5 Stars in Decanter, this aromatic Pinot Gris grows really well in the cool climatic conditions and produces a dry white with stone fruit aromas of peach and nectarine on the nose. The front palate displays vibrant, juicy flavours of stone fruits and ripe red apples, whilst the mid palate is full, creamy and well textured followed by a lingering, rich yet clean grapefruit driven finish.