|Wine||Blank Canvas ‘Upton Downs’ Pinot Noir|
|Winemaker||Sophie Parker-Thomson & Matt Thomson|
|Rates & awards||92 pts James Suckling
95 Bob Campbell MW
95 Cameron Douglas MS
Top 100 New Releases Gourment Traveller WINE
|Bottle volume||75 cl.|
|Total production||2.046 bottles|
- Raspberry, pomegranate, violet florals, earthy, savoury and spicy undertones from whole bunch element.
- Bright raspberry, red cherry and currant unite with graphite, forest foor and sublte smoked bacon.
|Best drinking||8 years|
Vineyard & Winemaking
|Vineyard||Single vineyard in Awatere Valley|
|Description||The mixture of old clay soils interspersed with loamy gravel on the terraces above the Awatere River assist with ensuring naturally low vigour. Fruit thinning just prior to veraison ensured a low yield as well as small concentrated berries. The small parcel is 100% Clone 777, a Burgundian clone known for its perfumed aroma profile. The vineyard is cane pruned and VSP trained.|
|Soil||Old clay soils interspersed with loamy gravel.|
|Climate||Cool, elevated, slight maritime influence.|
|Winemaking||The handpicked bunches were cold-soaked for 5 days before undergoing spontaneous fermentation by natural yeasts. We hand-plunged the wine during its ferment which included 40% whole clusters.|
|Aging||The wine was pressed to French oak barriques, all of low.toast level (35% proportion new) for 12 months, with a further 3 months in tank to gently and naturally settle.|
|Bottling date||August 2018|
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.