- New Zealand
Blank Canvas is the personal wine range of husband and wife team, Matt Thomson and Sophie Parker-Thomson. Having completed over fifty back-to-back vintages in both New Zealand and Europe as an award-winning winemaking consultant, Matt together with Sophie felt it was time to create and build a wine brand together, with their first vintage in 2013. Blank Canvas embodies their own expression of art-meets-science with single-vineyard, small batch wines that push the sensory boundaries and challenge winemaking orthodoxy.
|Year of fundation||2013|
|Producer||Sophie Parker Thomson – Matt Thomson|
|Production Regions||Marlborough and Hawkes Bay|
Matt Thomson & Sophie Parker
Sophie is a lawyer by training but she grew up in a family where wine and hospitality ruled supreme. She has been involved in 18 back-to-back Northern and Southern Hemisphere vintages. She is currently studying for the Master of Wine qualification, having completed the WSET Diploma in 2014.
Matt is a biochemist by training and came from a legal family. He has been immersed in European winemaking for 28 years, assisted 55 back-to-back Northern and Southern Hemisphere vintages. Matt has received countless awards and trophies, including International White Winemaker of the Year (IWC 2008) and NZ Winemaker of the Year (WineState).
New Zealand is known for its wild nature and for being one of the most extreme latitudes on the wine world. It features mountainous areas that rise above 3,000 meters and a climate influenced by the Pacific Ocean. Matt and Sophie are based in Marlborough area, known for being the cradle of the best Sauvignon Blanc in the world. In recent years, they have turned their viticulture to other varieties such as Pinot Noir and to others, not so well known, like the Gruner Vertliner.