|Wine||Blank Canvas Gruner Veltliner|
|Winemaker||Sophie Parker-Thomson & Matt Thomson|
|Rates & awards||90 pts James Suckling
95 Bob Campbell MW
92 Cameron Douglas MS
5 stars Michael Cooper
Best Buy <$30 Gourmet Traveller WINE
|Bottle volume||75 cl.|
|Total production||8.400 bottles|
- Mandarin, tangelo and other orange citrus, white pepper, subtle nutty toastiness.
- The subltle toast and cedar aromatics from fermentation in 60% French oak puncheon fill out the savoury components and flesh out the mid.palate. The result is a complex, rich and weighty rendition of an Australian classic.
|Best drinking||10 years|
Vineyard & Winemaking
|Vineyard||Berekah Estate- Rapaura|
|Description||Single vineyard belonging to Berekah Estate.|
|Soil||Free-draining, young alluvial and loam soils.|
|Climate||Cool, slight maritime influence.|
|Winemaking||The grapes were harvested by hand during the cool early morning near the end of the Malborough harvest. Quick transport to the winery saw the grapes being de-stemmed, crushed and pressed in a gentle pneumatic press to avioid skin contact and the extration of harsh phenolics. 60% of the clear free run juice was run to Frenc oak puncheons (20% new oak) to ferment, while the balance was placed in than to ferment at cook temperatures.|
|Aging||Once fermentation was complete it was racked and matured on fine lees for 10 months in tank and barrel.|
|Bottling date||March 2016|
Sophie Parker-Thomson & Matt Thomson
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).
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.