The Blank Canvas Story


The Foreword, by MattMatt tasting Pinot

“I’ve been working as an international winemaking consultant for over twenty years with some of the best people in the industry, making wines that I am very proud of. Working in a trade I truly love and appreciate makes me very fortunate.

As a young winemaker, like many others starting out, I wanted my first wine to be the greatest the world had ever seen. My amassed experience working as a consultant has demonstrated however that great wines are not born overnight from pure cognition. Great wines come from working years with the same vineyards, from trial and error, and from understanding every detail of winemaking. I’ve learned that a great winemaker knows intimately the vineyards he or she draws fruit from – they recognise the bearing of its microclimate and the nuances of the fruit it yields. This knowledge then gifts that winemaker the tools to express through the wine the precise place it came from.

In my role as a consultant winemaker it is my job to make wines that are the best possible quality, suiting the stylistic requirements of my clients and that are ultimately commercially successful. You cannot make the young winemaker’s esoteric wine. Even if you believe it is the best wine in the world, if it doesn’t sell then you’ve failed. What’s more, you only get one shot each year to present the tangible best from the vineyard. 

Why Blank Canvas?

Consulting work, which I love, has allowed me to get where I am today. It has enabled me to accrue extensive experience and knowledge. Having worked over forty vintages in vastly different wine regions around the world, the time to launch my own wine range, together with my wife Sophie, has come. It has been a long-time in the making and we’ve thought long and hard about how to capture the story of us, the special vineyards we draw fruit from and the non-mainstream styles of wine we are striving to create.

Blank Canvas represents my story as a winemaker. It is an endeavour that is our own expression of winemaking, is from our own funding, and is exclusively our risk.

Having a science background defines the parameters of the wine-making canvas, allowing creativity to flow within those blank bounds with brush and palette. Blank Canvas is about creating alternate styles of wine using exceptional varieties and unprecedented techniques.Blank Canvas brush no bg