2021 Greystone Pétillant Naturel

2021 Greystone Pétillant Naturel

Regular price $42.00 NZD

Fresh and lively aromatics of pineapple, lemon balm and citrus fruits., The palate is lively and juicy with a balance of juicy acidity, fresh lime, feijoa and golden kiwifruit. A long and lingering palate that will gain in both layers and richness with ageing.


Viticulturist's notes
The fruit for this wine comes from our four small Riesling blocks. One is exposed to high winds and a narrow topsoil before hitting limestone rock. The wind stress produces fruit with intensity and purity while the limestone brings a fine mineral length to the flavour profile.
The lower blocks are on heavier clay soils with a fuller richer flavour profile. 2021 started with a harsh frost before a long dry summer settled in which meant grapes of great concentration and acidity. One of our best ever years for pristine beautiful Riesling grapes.

Winemaker's notes
After hand picking we chilled and settled the fresh juice for two days to ensure purity of flavour. Fermentation lasted until 17 g/L natural residual sugar was remaining. We then estate bottled without filtration or sulphur and allowed the fermentation to continue in bottle until completely dry. The wine was not disgorged prior to release as we found this aided flavour richness but it does mean some natural sediment will occur. Fresh, dry and with a persistent and fine mousse. No added sulphur.






Shipping & Deliveries

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

 Region
1-5 bottles
6+ bottles
Canterbury $6.00 Complimentary
South Island
$7.00
Complimentary
North Island
$11.00
Complimentary

 

For Australian & International orders, please email fergus@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.

 

Our Wine Club consists of a twice yearly purchase of a 12 bottle case of the wine of your choosing. This can be sent quarterly or half yearly.
To join the Wine Club, please contact us on fergus@greystonewines.co.nz . Our Wine Club manager, Fergus will be in touch and guide you through the process and answer all your questions.
 

 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 (15%)
  • 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 Fergus@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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