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A Greywacke podcast with winemaker Kevin Judd: What makes Greywacke so Brilliant?

Kevin Ecock's WinePod

Release Date: 12/18/2019

The Brilliant Domäne Wachau in Austria: a Podcast with Winemaker Roman Horvath MW show art The Brilliant Domäne Wachau in Austria: a Podcast with Winemaker Roman Horvath MW

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I first met when he was head winemaker at the brilliant , part of the in Chile. In that role he was a frequent visitor to Ireland. The tastings he hosted were fascinating lectures on how to make excellent wine from excellent vineyards. He was always looking forward.  Today Sebastian is the head winemaker for the Santa Rita Estates Ultra Premium Wines. His quest for seeking the very best from the land continues through a detailed series of innovative techniques and ideas. All are founded on an absolute adherance to the Santa Rita Estates' code of Sustainability**. In this podcast...

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began in 1720 and has the honourable distinction of being the oldest wine company in Burgundy. Extraordinary. Brilliance, of course, needs quite a lot more than venerability! Three centuries might simply imply dusty cellars. Not so with Maison Champy who in 1866 helped Louis Pasteur develop his, 'Etudes sur le Vin: Diseases, Causes, New Process to Keep and Age Wine'. Then in 1890 (celebrating 170 years young) Maison Champy built a new winery in Beaune using Eiffel's (he of the Tower) architecture. By 1912 87% of the vineyards owned by Champy were of Cru appellation. Today Maison Champy...

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is in Trentino. The Alto Adige is to its north while Valpolicella is to the south. In this podcast Anselmo Guerrieri Gonzaga recounts his family history and how he works with his father Marquis Carlo to produce sensational wines. The Guerrieri Gonzaga family has run the San Leonardo estate for the past 300 years. Across 25 hectares they grow an eclectic mix of classic French grape types such as Carmenere, Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc. In addition they purchase some Sauvignon Blanc and Riesling both of which make exceptional wines. The classic nature of the red wines produced...

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Kevin and Kimberley Judd held a Greywacke lunch and tasting at the Cliff Townhouse recently. I had never met either before. I am now so glad that I have. Wonderful people.

This podcast has a few restaurant noises in the background! Busy place. Bear with us though because when Kevin gets into his stride he brings us more than a few gems of wisdom.   

The 'Greywacke' label has some of the finest wines made. This year I was happy to recommend the Greywacke Wild Sauvignon 2016 as one of the '100 Awesome Wines' as published by the Association of Wine Educator's. (Yes, I'm a member!!) It was one of my favorite wines of the whole year.

What is Greywacke? Where does it come from? What makes it so special? Why do I have a Greywacke Pinot Noir poster on my office wall? These and a lot more (not the last one) are answered here by Kevin Judd. Indeed, he goes further and gives us an insight into the future of winemaking in New Zealand.

Enjoy

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