This is a classic expression of Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc, offering complexity of texture and a mineral drive that summons river stones and sea spray. Blackcurrant, guava and passionfruit are captured alongside the subtlest hint of lemongrass. This wine is focused and explosive on both the nose and palate, yet remains elegantly balanced and distinctly salty.
- Feature(s): Sustainable, Vegan, Vegetarian
- Winemaker: Matt Thomson
- Alcohol (ABV): 13 %
- Acidity: 6.9 g/l
- Residual sugar: 2 g/l
- pH: 3.3
- Case Barcode: 15060053963303
- Bottle barcode: 5060053963306
The fruit comes from a single vineyard in the Dillons Point subregion located on the coastal fringe of the Wairau Valley. This vineyard belongs to the Holdaway family who have been farming in Marlborough for generations. They practise sustainable viticulture with such things as their own compost and mulching preparations to maintain organic matter in the soil. The soils are fertile and deep but well-drained, with plenty of mineral nutrients which is perfect for the nutrient hungry Sauvignon. The vineyard is trained to Vertical Shoot Position and cane-pruned.
A dry and hot summer looked promising with maturity starting 2-3 weeks ahead of normal. Significant rainfall occurred in the late summer into early autumn which provided relief for the vines and slowed down ripening. Luckily, the weather stabilised from mid-Autumn ensuring healthy and concentrated grapes.
The grapes were harvested by machine in the cool of the night to ensure no harsh phenolics were extracted and acidity preserved. Fruit was pressed off quickly to avoid skin contact and drained straight to one small tank. The juice was settled naturally and fermented in stainless steel tanks at cool temperatures. With minimal intervention throughout, the wine was bottled on 26th June 2018.
Matt Thomson has worked over forty vintages in numerous wine regions around the world, and has worked with David Gleave since 1994. He is involved with many of the wines in our portfolio, primarily as a consultant. "Blank Canvas represents my story as a winemaker. It is an endeavour that is entirely my own expression of winemaking, is from my own funding, and is exclusively my risk." The 'Blank Canvas' is the vineyard and the variety, the winery the brush and palette (no pun intended) at the winemaker's disposal, all the while defined by the scientific grounding Matt laid at university and has built upon over the past 23 years. With partner Sophie Parker-Thomson, the aim is to break some rules with the Blank Canvas wines, but they feel in order to break the rules, you need to know them. This is what sets the Blank Canvas wines apart.