Greywacke is the Marlborough label of Kevin Judd, and the fulfilment of a long-held dream. The name Greywacke was adopted by Kevin and his wife Kimberley for their first Marlborough vineyard located in Rapaura, named in recognition of the high prevalence of rounded greywacke river stones in the soils of the vineyard. Kevin registered the name back in 1993, whilst still responsible for winemaking at Cloudy Bay, a role he held for their first 25 vintages.The vague notion that he might one day want to use it on a wine label of his own was realised in 2009.
Greywacke is a quality focused winemaking venture that sources fruit from mature vineyards within the central Wairau Plains and the Southern Valleys. These prime viticultural sites are cultivated using yield restricting vineyard management techniques and intense canopy management regimes. A number of the vineyards are owned by the Sutherland family, while complementary grape parcels are acquired from additional select sites, all located within these sub-regions.
The wines are made by Kevin at Dog Point Winery in the lower Brancott Valley, a facility extended to him by long-standing friends and industry colleagues, Ivan Sutherland and James Healy. The Greywacke portfolio is primarily based on two varieties, sauvignon blanc and pinot noir, the sauvignon blanc being produced in two distinctly different styles. In addition to this core range of three wines, there are also limited-edition releases of chardonnay, and three aromatic varieties – Pinot Gris, Riesling and gewürztraminer. Kevin’s signature vineyard photographs provide the unmistakeable identity of the Greywacke Range.
The Greywacke approach is one of minimal intervention wherever possible and strong focus on both soil and vine health. The majority of Greywacke’s fruit is sourced from organically farmed sites, with a long-term aspirations to be 100% certified. All vineyards are certified sustainable through sustainable winegrowing New Zealand. All limited-edition releases are natural ferments on indigenous yeasts and bottled with minimal sulfur.