2018 Greystone Erin's Chardonnay

2018 Greystone Erin's Chardonnay

Regular price $100.00 NZD

An exotic nose of baking spices, pear, peach and cashew. This single block
Chardonnay naturally builds on the palate initially with ripe fruits,
beautifully restrained by fine-grained oak and integrated acidity. A long
flowing wine ready now, or age for up to ten years for increased complexity.

Note from our Viticulturist Mike Saunders :
Erin's Chardonnay grows on our steepest and highest slopes, in limestone soils which
impact a beautiful minerality and tension to the wine. The block is 100% Mendoza clone, its natural acidity is a perfect companion for the limestone soils. The small berries and thick skins from 2018 have created a wine with concentration and fine phenolics which add to the structure of the wine. Variation between the top and bottom of the slope adds layers of different flavours to the fruit and texture of the resulting wine. Extensive leaf plucking and bunch thinning ensured balanced crop loads and even ripening.
Note from our Winemaker Dom Maxwell :
We hand picked our steepest block of Mendoza Chardonnay before a gentle whole-bunch pressing to tank without additions. We allowed the juice to settle overnight before we racked to French oak barrels for wild fermentation and full malo-lactic fermentation. The extended nature of fermentation brings not only richness to the wine but also layers and complexity. Barrel ageing lasts 15 months before the wine was estate bottled without fining

97pts Sam Kim Wine Orbit

96 Points - Bob Campbell MW
94 Points Cameron Douglas MS
5 stars Raymond Chan
5 Stars Michael Cooper

Shipping & Deliveries

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We offer free shipping throughout NZ on orders of 6+ bottles.

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Canterbury $6.00 Free
South Island
$7.00 Free
North Island
$11.00 Free

For Australian orders, please choose the Australian Stock option and AUD

For international orders, please email cellardoor[at]greystonewines.co.nz

 

Greystone Wine Club

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The Wine Club is an exciting opportunity to get involved with our winery on a more personal level. It is designed to provide you with great discounts, first access to special releases and exclusive invitations to our events.

There are two ways to join the Greystone Wine Club and unlock your 20% discount.

1.  Simply click the link below and you will receive a 20% discount code via email. The code activates with orders of 12 bottles or more.

2. Create a Greystone Wine Club Subscription. The Subscription allows you to receive wine throughout the year in two seperate shipments. The subscription can be managed entirely online and can be paused at any time. No minimum orders. Click here to find out more.

 

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In addition to priority access to new and limited production wines, Greystone Wine Club members enjoy:

  • Flexible wine shipments 
  • Exclusive wine packs throughout the year (includes library releases)
  • Complimentary tours of the winery and vineyard (appointments required)
  • Complimentary cellar door tastings for you and your guests
  • Cellar Door discounts for you and your guests (20%)
  • Exclusive invites with special pricing to winery events hosted throughout the year
  • Quarterly newsletters
Have more questions? Check out our FAQs, or email us direct Cellardoor@greystonewines.co.nz 

Organic Practices

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In early 2014 Greystone began the conversion from conventional to organic viticulture. By 2018, our entire 33-hectare vineyard was certified organic with BioGro New Zealand.

Organic winegrowing relies on harnessing biodiversity and natural ecological cycles as an alternative to the use of synthetic and external inputs. It is a hands-on approach that means being intimately connected to the vineyard, walking the rows and being attuned to subtle changes in the soil, vines and grapes. It's labour intensive, but it's also how we make truly remarkable wine without jeopardising the health of our environment, our team, or our consumers.

What’s involved in the vineyard?

We avoid the use of synthetic chemicals to ensure the health and abundance of microbial flora above and below the soil. Our successful wild fermentations are only possible because of the flourishing yeast populations found in the vineyard.

Vineyards are a monoculture, which means biodiversity struggles exist. To create a more diverse environment, we cultivate “companion plantings” like Phacelia, Buckwheat, Alyssum in the interrows. As well as increasing biodiversity, companion plantings provide an alternate host and attract parasitic wasps which disrupt pests like leaf roll caterpillar, a species that directly causes botrytis in grapes. 

To further minimise any harmful environmental effects, we plant and maintain approximately 100-200 native trees every year to increase biodiversity and re-establish endemic vegetation. Native vegetation like Totara, Flax and Cabbage Trees provide habitats for native fauna and disrupt the monoculture environment.

Crop management is done meticulously by hand without herbicides, insecticides or systemic fungicides. Light and air are the most powerful defence that we have in our artillery in the vineyard. We undertake extensive canopy management such as shoot thinning, bunch thinning, shoot positioning and leaf and lateral removal to open canopy and remove any crowding in the fruiting zone. This in turn reduces disease pressure and increases overall wine quality.

Another goal through organic winegrowing is to increase soil nutrients and conserve and recycle organic material created on our vineyard and in our winery. One way in which we achieve this is through our compost. We mix our winery marc (grape skins and seeds) with bark, straw and biodynamic preps. The compost quickly becomes a hotspot for microorganisms like bacteria and fungi. The heap is turned and monitored so that come spring, we are left with dark, rich finished compost that is then spread back onto the vineyard to raise the organic matter in the soil.

Greystone sprays 15 times a year using “natural canopy protectants”. Diseases are controlled with sulphur, seaweed, compost teas and biological fungicides such as Trichoderma.


Water is a precious resource that we use sparingly, if at all. We allow longer irrigation cycles to drive the vine roots deep down into the soil profile.


The Winery

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.

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