From humble beginnings in 1997 Greenhough has become a first class boutique operation. Despite a relatively low profile it brings a little more glamour to the relatively unsung Nelson region, now dwarfed in viticultural terms by Marlborough to the east. Owner and winemaker Andrew Greenhough makes all the wines to a high standard but like that other regional star NEUDORF has really excelled with Pinot Noir. A regular Nelson version always has good intensity and expression but can on occasion struggle for full ripeness. That from the Hope Vineyard shows added concentration, ripeness, depth and an expansive palate with a structure that only opens out fully with 4-5 years’ age. Chardonnay also excels from the Hope Vineyard with impressive texture and a finely detailed complexity with 3-4 years’ age. Riesling is fine too with impressive length and good ageing potential. A lightly floral, slightly exotic scented Sauvignon is well crafted with a certain restraint and structure that contrasts with the vitality and exuberance of Marlborough’s best examples. A Pinot Blanc from the Hope Vineyard is also now made.
To find out more about Greenhough and their wines, and to see how we reviewed and rated their wines you can check out the Wine Guide New Zealand..
Or indeed you can check out the new extensively updated 9th edition Wine Behind the Label Wine Guide that is 2250 pages, it reviews around 4000 vineyards and over 30,000 wines.