Straight to the Pool Room – November 2016


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Another three wines for aging:

Haha Sauvignon Blanc Marlborough 2015 – $ – drink 2018-2020. Decanter magazine Gold Medal awarded. I’ve been cellaring these for a few years now. Don’t disappoint. Super value.

Greywacke Wild Sauvignon Blanc Marlborough 2014 – $$$ – drink 2019. A Kevin Judd wine. Oak ferment, wild yeasts. I have tried and loved this.

What’s in the glass tonight November 18th – Sauvignon Blanc


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Greywacke Sauvignon Blanc Marlborough 2015 – $$

From winemaker Kevin Judd.

Very pale straw. 13.5% alc.

Elegant, light grass scent, light green capsicum, lovely.

Smooth mouthfeel , with deep, generous, and rounded fruit flavours, citrus, and a crisp finish. Mouthwatering, so well made,

90 points

What’s in the glass tonight April 17th


Greywacke Chardonnay 2011

Greywacke Chardonnay Marlborough 2011 – $$$

To celebrate the end of our three day juice cleanse, I met a couple of mates for a glass or two of Conehead, a fresh-hopped ale from the Tuatara Brewery produced as part of the Hopstock craft beer festival (an annual event where Wellington brewers produce specialty beers using new-season fresh hops to celebrate the Nelson hop harvest). The beer was fruity and bitter, with a top note of passionfruit.

Then I met L and we went off to GrillMeatsBeer for a meal out. The restaurant name says it all really.  But we split a bottle of Greywacke Marlborough Chardonnay instead.

This was a real show wine. Brilliant colour. Impressive at first. Lots of body and power. Mealiness and a strong buttery character. Hefty flavours of golden stonefruit.

And lots of oak. Lots and lots, and lots, of oak. Too much oak. New oak. It got way too overpowering for us after a while. Half a glass of this wine each would have been fun and fine. But a whole bottle? Way too much. I only finished it cos I was brought up that way…

Should have scored better, due it’s provenance…BTG 3+

Several Burgundies, a Puligny-Montrachet and an impressive Marlborough Pinot


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I met HD, a fellow wine-enthusiast, and top-notch wine writer, at one of Geoff Kelly’s library tasting earlier this year. He was kind enough to invite me to various tastings he was involved with, but I always had to cry off due to family or home renovation commitments.

Embarrassed, I finally suggested we meet up for a drink. HD suggested we meet with several of his friends, and each of us bring a bottle to taste blind, and discuss and compare. So we did. I visited a local wine store beforehand, and with the help of the fine wine buyer, selected a bottle that would be interesting to the group, and popped it into a bag…

Now these guys turned out to be Burgundy obsessives, in the nicest possible way of course. They just love their burgs. They had just completed a tour together of Burgundy where they had arranged many appointments with producers, and thus tasted their way around the district. And made a souvenir booklet from the trip complete with maps and tasting notes. Wow. I was in for a treat.

We started with a white…

Domaine Vincent Giradin Puligny-Montrachet “Les Folatiers” 1er Cru 2010. 13.5% Now this was nice. Elegant and restrained. When asked, I guessed it as a Meursault. Wrong…

Then followed a brace of Burgundies. We attempted to guess the region, producer, vintage and climat. I was truly guessing now…

Domaine Faively Gevrey-Chambertin “Les Cazetiers” 1er Cru 2006. 13%. This was somewhat closed to us, but it still had that powerful pinot nose of rich fruit weight, cherries and wooded forest. The palate was largely primary, with firm tannins and bright fruit, and spicy notes.

Domaine Faively Gevrey-Chambertin “Les Cazetiers” 1er Cru 2007. 13%. This wine was very funky on the nose; open, involving and expressive. The wine of the night. Red fruits. Some secondary characters coming through with forest floor and leather. Just lovely and a treat to drink.

Then my wine. The crew all guessed Martinborough…

Greywacke Marlborough Pinot Noir 2012 – $$$ – 14%. By Kevin Judd, I loved this wine at the winemakers showcase a few weeks back. Not as developed as the burgs, but it shares their power. Very floral nose, and red fruit-rich in the mouth. This drank very well on the night, and superbly the following day. 5