Blank Canvas Chardonnay, 'Reed' Vineyard, Marlborough, New Zealand 2018

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Blank Canvas Chardonnay, 'Reed' Vineyard, Marlborough, New Zealand 2018


Blank Canvas’s winemaker, Matt Thomson, must have to pay for a lot of broken windows, because he has smashed it out of the park yet again. 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 reviews:

Jancis Robinson: "Hand picking, whole-bunch pressed, free-run juice only, no added yeasts, fermented in puncheons with full solids. Spontaneous malolactic conversion. No lees stirring. Winemaker Matt Thomson would have preferred 33% new oak at most but with only two barrels produced, it had to be 50%, the other barrel two years old. No SO2 for the first nine months, just topped up. Racked twice. Bottled unfiltered at the end of March 2019. Smoky, flinty in a reductive style but not struck match. Rich, deep citrus fruit within that style. Lime-like freshness, the spice showing on the back palate. There's a creamy texture but not the creamy flavour that you get from lees stirring. The fruit fills the mid palate and the freshness and flinty character pull it in tight on the long finish. Very long. Drink 2020-2028." 18 points

Bob Campbell MW: ““Taut, high energy, powerful chardonnay with citrus, grapefruit, oyster shell, mineral, ginger and toasted nut flavours, with a backbone of pure acidity that gives the wine a nod in the direction of Chablis.” 95 points

Customer Comments (previous vintage):

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

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

”I loved it! and a nice contrast to the Javilier and the St Aubin which we usually drink.” - Mr. N.F.

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