Blank Canvas Chardonnay, Marlborough, New Zealand 2016

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Blank Canvas Chardonnay, Marlborough, New Zealand 2016

from 25.95

A lot of Chardonnays are too fat. A lot of Chardonnays are too thin A lot are too oaky. This one is pure pleasure. Billowing with golden-flecked stonefruit and tangy grapefruit, there is a tease of struck match and notes of wild garlic and buttered toast with lime marmalade. I’m struggling to think of anything else I would want to get from the nose. The balance between the rich, savoury characteristics and the toothsome oak is just perfect, while the fine, tinkling lemony acidity illuminates the fruit flavours with great clarity and carries the notes of hazelnut and peach with it on its long, silky journey. This is one of the yummiest wines we have in store and a wine I would recommend it to anyone who loves serious Chardonnay, including top notch white Burgundy. It is quite simply brilliant. 13.5% alc. Drink now – 2024.

Press review:

Jancis Robinson: "From the clay soils of the Omaka Valley. Survived the shake-up of the November earthquake. No lees stirring. Fermented in puncheons with wild yeast. 10 months in oak, 40% new. Unfined and unfiltered.  Gorgeous aroma of savoury, smoky reduction and ripe tangy citrus. Richly creamy on the palate and with less of the reductive character than on the nose. So creamy it tastes almost sweet but of course it is bone dry. Some oak spice but its the fruit that shines on the palate. More mineral on the nose than on the palate. Firm, mealy and long. You couldn't call it burgundian with this ripe, deep fruit but it is very classy and the oak is beautifully integrated. I'd wait another six months before drinking this though it gives masses of pleasure already." 17.5 points

Customer Comments:


"It's a belter!" - Mr L.E.

"Tried one of the bottles and it’s lovely. " - Mr C.T.

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