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2015 Greystone Thomas Brothers' Pinot Noir

2015 Greystone Thomas Brothers' Pinot Noir

Regular price $100.00 NZD

Dark ruby red in the glass with a nose of blackberries, black Doris plum, subtle oak, allspice and rosemary.  Palate has a rich velvety texture with beautifully integrated soft tannins and flavours of dark red fruits, cocoa nib, black coffee and fresh Portobello mushrooms.

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REVIEWS & ACCOLADES

96/100 points Bob Campbell

Rich, generously proportioned pinot noir with concentrated plum and dark cherry flavours plus a suggestion of floral (possibly rose petal) and fresh herb characters supported by classy oak. The fruit sweetness is perfectly offset by fine, drying and slightly sappy tannins that suggest good cellaring potential. This is a very classy wine indeed.

95/100 Cameron Douglas

Ripe and generous bouquet with aromas of red berry fruits – a melding of cherry, strawberry and plum, these are underpinned with abundant oak and mineral scents. On the palate – crisp, firm, tense, youthful and dry. Flavours reflect the nose with wild berries and florals, plenty of mineral and wood spice; fine to moderate tannins with silky needle point moments, medium+ acidity and lengthy unfurling finish. Drink now if decanted with ideal window from 2018 through 2028. 

19.0+/20 Raymond Chan

Dark ruby-red colour with youthful purple hues, showing good depth, a little lighter on the rim.  This has a firmly concentrated nose with a rounded core of ripe dark-red berry fruit entwined with nuances of red plums, along with subtle notes of herbs and lifted dark-red and violet florals in a beautifully harmonious amalgam.  Medium full-bodied, the palate is rich and sweet-fruited with flavours of dark-red berry fruits and red plums lifted by red and violet florals.  Layers of herbs and savoury earthy detail unfold adding interest.  The palate builds in mid-palate richness, flowing smoothly, revealing considerable tannin extraction, the textures very fine-grained and flowery.  A fine edge of acidity provides energy and tension, leading to a long, lingering, elegantly proportioned finish of sweet red fruits.  This is a rich, sweet, red-fruited Pinot Noir with subtle complexing floral herb and earthy detail, considerable extract, and excellent energy.  Match with poultry and pork, lamb, beef and venison dishes over the next 7-9 years.  Clones 5 and 115 from ‘The Brothers Block’ hand-picked and sorted, fully destemmed and indigenous yeast fermented. 25% amongst the vines, to 14.0% alc., the wine spending one month on skins and aged 15 months in 70% new French oak.  251 cases made.

97/100 Sam Kim

This is glorious and gratifying. The beautifully expressed bouquet shows dark cherry, plum, black olive, cedar and violet characters with nuances of clove and bitter chocolate notes. The palate is superbly weighted and concentrated, and exhibits awesome fruit purity together with rich texture and seductive savoury complexity, brilliantly framed by loads of polished tannins. Multi-layered and hugely appealing with a potential to evolve magnificently. At its best: 2018 to 2025. $95.00. www.greystonewines.co.nz. March 2017.

+ 5 Stars Michael Cooper

 

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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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