Greystone Wines release Nor’Wester Pinot Noir

Greystone Wines is thrilled to announce the release of its new North Canterbury inspired wine, Nor’Wester by Greystone.

Nor'Wester Pinot Noir by Greystone Wines

Nor’Wester Pinot Noir by Greystone Wines

“As demand grows beyond our vineyard’s production size, we decided to make a wine curated from a selection of the finest Pinot Noir grapes we could find across North Canterbury. An approach which is inspired by the tradition of Negociant houses of Burgundy,” said Dom Maxwell, Winemaker of Greystone Wines.

“We found three vineyards that offered incredibly high quality with a variety of soil types. We think showcasing a blend of these highlights the best of North Canterbury Pinot Noir, while still meeting the Greystone standard of uncompromising quality.”

Nor’Wester by Greystone is named after one of New Zealand’s most notorious gales. Born in the heart of the Southern Alps, the wind accelerates down the valleys east of the Main Divide and roars out across the Canterbury plains. This hot and dry wind has formed a unique terroir in the Waipara Valley over millennia, a terroir Greystone strives to capture with this wine.

“The wind helps protect against disease pressure in the vineyards,” says Nick Gill, Head Viticulturist and General Manager of Greystone Wines.

“It’s a mixed blessing for the growers as it also dries the vines and leaves us with smaller berries with thicker skins- great for concentration in the final wine. So for fans who love a richer style of Pinot Noir it’s a great thing.”

Dom adds “We believe we have made the quintessential North Canterbury Pinot Noir. It has a powerful, savoury palate of soft dry tannins, integrated with rich plum and raisin fruit flavours and a long and lingering mouthfeel.”

Nor’Wester By Greystone

Red plum colour with a brooding nose of plums, baking spices, Christmas pudding and earthy truffles.  A powerful, savoury palate of soft dry tannins are beautifully integrated with rich plum and raisin fruit flavours.  Lingering floral, fruit and savoury oak notes are beautifully balanced in its long mouthfeel.

Hand-sorted at the winery before a long natural cold soak and wild fermentation.  30 days maceration before a gentle press to a mix of new and old French oak barrels, 30% new.  Aged for 16 months before blending and bottling on site.

Nor’Wester Tasting from Greystone Wines on Vimeo.

JB’s Tasting Notes

Greystone Wines Nor’wester Pinot Noir. Med bodied, translucent plum / cherry in colour, dark fruitcake /cherry nose, hint of spice & earth. Wonderfully rounded palate of dark plum & berries, fine tannins, subtle oak, savoury notes. Complex and elegant. Great value North Canterbury Pinot. #nzwine Buy here:…/2015-gs-norwester-pinot-…

About Greystone: Greystone manages its 40-hectare vineyard organically, vinifies and bottles on site. Unbound by tradition, Greystone leads the world in indigenous vineyard fermentations. Twice winning Decanter Wine Awards for Best Pinot Noir and the Air New Zealand Trophy for Pinot Noir and Pinot Gris, Greystone has quickly become recognised as one of New Zealand’s premium wine producers.

New Zealand Distributor: Procure Liquor.

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