Kevin Judd is a pretty good photographer for a winemaker. Or is it the other way around? Let’s just say that he is a major talent in more than one field, with both his wines and his photographs firmly positioned at the top of the quality arc (at Glengarry we have a collection of his varietal images on the walls of our Victoria Park Wine Room). The founding winemaker at Cloudy Bay, where he directed the first 25 vintages, Kevin established his own label in 2009, naming it for the ubiquitous grey stone found throughout New Zealand. While the rock they’re named for may initially seem a little monochromatic, the same cannot be said of Kevin’s wines, overflowing as they do with character and finesse.
Prime viticultural sites within the central Wairau Plains and the Southern Valleys provide the fruit, which is then vinified by Kevin at Dog Point Winery in the lower Brancott Valley. The high-quality Greywacke portfolio is primarily based on two varieties, Sauvignon Blanc and Pinot Noir, along with limited edition releases of Chardonnay, Pinot Gris, Riesling and Gewürztraminer.
And the exquisite vineyard photographs on the labels? No prize for guessing where they came from.
Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay, Pinot Gris, Riesling, Pinot Noir