Blank Canvas Marlborough Pinot Noir 2014

New Zealand

This Pinot Noir is sourced from a single vineyard planted in 2001, situated in the old clay soils of the Waihopai Valley in Marlborough. The soil naturally gives low yields, but the vines were also crop thinned during the ripening of the fruit. As a result the berries were small and concentrated with flavour. It is made exclusively from Clone 115, a Dijon clone with tannins and strong fruit. The handpicked bunches were cold-soaked for five days before undergoing wild fermentation. Lots of hand-plunging took place and a large proportion of whole-bunch fermentation (50%). Low-toast oak regime of new and seasoned oak, and barrel maturation of 10 months. Unfiltered. TA 5.5 g/l, pH 3.42.

"Mid crimson. Perfumed, highly aromatic red fruit brought into line with a touch of spice and a hint of that whole-bunch freshness - not in the least unripe but adding a savoury note. This is just gorgeous on the palate, sensual, deep and long but also fresh and vital. There's finesse to the tannins but they are bold enough to shape the framework for the fruit. You can tell this is a wine made by someone steeped in the best of both burgundy and New Zealand. There's sweetness to the fruit but sufficient savour and spice to make it a complete wine, with, as Jancis would say, a beginning, a middle and an end. And it has terrific length. This has to be the best Marlborough Pinot I have tasted. (JH) 13% 18.5"

“Mid crimson. Perfumed, highly aromatic red fruit brought into line with a touch of spice and a hint of that whole-bunch freshness – not in the least unripe but adding a savoury note. This is just gorgeous on the palate, sensual, deep and long but also fresh and vital. There’s finesse to the tannins but they are bold enough to shape the framework for the fruit. You can tell this is a wine made by someone steeped in the best of both burgundy and New Zealand. There’s sweetness to the fruit but sufficient savour and spice to make it a complete wine, with, as Jancis would say, a beginning, a middle and an end. And it has terrific length. This has to be the best Marlborough Pinot I have tasted.” 18.5 Points Julia Harding MW, JancisRobinson.com 

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Blank Canvas Hawkes Bay Syrah 2014

New Zealand

A top vintage in Hawke's Bay. A parcel of special Syrah fruit sourced from a single vineyard in Hawke's Bay’s Gimblett Gravels subregion. The vineyard is over 15 years old with very low-yielding vines thanks to the free-draining soils on a historic riverbed. The vines are VSP trained and cane-pruned on a single fruiting wire with high density planting. The Syrah was co-fermented with 7.5% Grüner Veltliner skins. This is a similar technique to what is done in Northern Rhône but with Austria’s hallmark white variety instead of France’s Viognier. Winemaker Matt Thomson says: 'Although I had Viognier available for this purpose, I specifically chose Grüner because I suspected it was a better partner. I believe Viognier can have an over-sweet fruit character when it is very ripe which I wanted to avoid and the finished wine benefited from Grüner’s white-pepper note. 60% whole-bunch component, hand-plunged and fermented by cultured and wild yeasts. Maturation of 10 months in new and seasoned French oak was carried out before the wine was blended and bottled unfiltered in March 2015. TA 6.6 g/l, pH 3.76.

"Dark, inky black cherry colour. Lots of pepper here and a savoury note a bit like tar. Fabulous texture that is peppery like the flavour but also incredibly compact and smooth. Even with the intensity of elegant fruit, there is still a surprising juicy lightness overall even though the overall character is dark and savoury like the northern Rhône and without the sweetness of the southern hemisphere. Mouth-watering freshness on the finish. Supple and very long. Like the Blank Canvas Pinot, this has the perfect harmony of Old World elegance and structure with the purity of NZ fruit. (JH) 13%
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Blank Canvas Gruner Veltliner 2013

New Zealand

Fruit from a single vineyard in the Rapaura subregion belonging to grower Malcolm Adams. Berekah Estate has two hectares of Gruner Veltliner planted with a mixture of the two clones available in New Zealand. Free-draining, young alluvial soils. The vines are VSP trained and cane-pruned. The grapes were harvested by hand during the cool early morning near the end of the Marlborough harvest. De-stemmed, crushed and pressed in a gentle pneumatic press to avoid skin-contact and the extraction of harsh phenolics. A press cut was also made. Free run juice went primarily to stainless steel tank to ferment cool, and a 25% portion was split equally into new and used French oak puncheons (600 litre) where it matured for 8 months. The batches were kept separate until January when the blend was assembled, and the finished wine was bottled in March. RS 3.3 g/l, TA 5.9 g/l, pH 3.23.

"Now this really does have Grüner Veltliner written all over it even though the vines are still pretty young (this is the fourth harvest). It is certainly peppery but it also has the oily (in a good way) depth that I have only ever seen in the Wachau. There's some citrus and green fruit too but also a mineral, dry texture. I do just slightly feel the residual sugar on the finish and would prefer it bone dry, even it that made it slightly more severe. But it is well balanced and remarkably full bodied given the moderate alcohol. Still incredibly fresh but starting to show the complexity of some bottle age. I look forward to tasting it again. (JH) 13% 17"
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Blank Canvas Riesling 2013

New Zealand

The fruit came from a single vineyard in the Blind River subregion, located in the south of the Awatere Valley. Schistous, gravelly soils and a cool microclimate. This vineyard belongs to the Barker family who reside close by. It is VSP trained and cane-pruned. The fruit was harvested by machine at night early on in the harvest. De-stemmed, crushed and pressed in a gentle pneumatic press to avoid skin-contact and the extraction of harsh phenolics. We wanted only free run juice for this wine, so the pressings were eliminated and the free-run juice went to stainless steel tank to settle and then ferment at cool temperatures. The fermentation was arrested when the wine had an ideal acid/residual sugar balance. TA 8.8 g/l, pH 3.12, RS 26 g/l.

"A wonderful Kabinett-style Riesling with a balance that I think it is rare to find in the southern hemisphere where the fruit is so often the star. Limey citrus freshness along with a dry, stony texture, the acid/sugar balance is worthy of a fine German Kabinett. There are some hints of development here but hard to describe as they are still a long way from flagrant 'kerosene-like' flavours. This has purity and concentration as well as impeccable balance. (JH) 9% 17.5"
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