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Greystone 'Omihi' Pinot Noir, Waipara, New Zealand, 2016 (6x75cl)

Greystone 'Omihi' Pinot Noir, Waipara, New Zealand, 2016 (6x75cl)

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Greystone Wines began in 2000 when the Thomas Family purchased a farm with exceptional limestone soils in the Omihi hills in Waipara. Viticultural specialist Nick Gill was bought over from Penfolds to plant 13 blocks on this unique terroir and by 2004 work was complete. Dom Maxwell, who had been working as an accountant in London, was hired as the winemaker and the first vintage was 2008. It is the soil on this site that makes it particularly interesting with hard limestone rock moving down towards clay on the north-facing slopes, providing excellent terroir for Pinot Noir.
The premium bottlings of Greystone Wines come from their 120 ha property of which around 40 ha are planted to vines. However, Greystone has access to fruit from contracted growers to make other wines, acting as a negociant, especially for other channels of distribution and export. It’s a well-used model by many reputable producers which has the benefit of protecting the integrity of their brand. For the Chinese market, Greystone employs fruit from contracted local Omihi vineyards to make an ‘Omihi’ designated Pinot Noir. Greystone has considerable input and control over these vineyards which have mature vines. Winemaker Dom Maxwell exercises the same care and attention in making these wines as he does with the ‘estate’ wines. Here, I review the 2016 Greystone ‘Omihi’ Pinot Noir, from a most benevolent, warm, dry and long growing season

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