Blank Canvas Pinot Noir 2015

TASTING NOTE Density and power within a silky Pinot Noir framework is how we like to describe this wine. Aromas of red and black cherry, forest berries and floral highlights mingle with savoury, spicy notes. It possesses an evocative perfume embedded within firm, fine-grained tannins and balanced, crunchy acidity. This is a wine that will get more intriguing and complex with cellaring, assisted by its whole bunch fermentation characters.  It has years of evolution ahead of it.

VINTAGE The 2015 vintage in Marlborough was one of the earliest and driest in recent years, with rainfall being just 40% of the long-term average while growing degree days were 10% more. For Pinot Noir, this resulted in lower yields, smaller bunch weights and more concentrated, impressive fruit.

­­­VITICULTURE  This Pinot Noir is sourced from a single vineyard that Matt oversaw the planting of in 2001. It is situated in the old clay soils of the Waihopai Valley in Marlborough. The soil naturally gives low yields, but we also crop thinned during the ripening of the fruit. As a result the berries were small and concentrated with flavour. It is made exclusively from Clone 115, a Dijon clone which we love for the tannins and impressive savoury fruit characters.  We harvested on the 4th April 2015.

WINEMAKING We think Pinot Noir is one of Marlborough’s most eminent varieties. Matt’s time spent in Europe has given him the best of both worlds: he learnt from the regions with centuries of knowledge pertaining to this enigmatic, magical grape and has combined it with Marlborough’s innate ability to produce blockbuster, perfumed aromatics in an elegant but serious Pinot Noir framework.  The handpicked bunches were cold-soaked for 4.5 days before spontaneous fermentation by natural yeasts. We hand-plunged the wine during its ferment which included 50% whole clusters. The wine was pressed to French oak barriques, all of low-toast (35% new), where it matured for 10 months. It was bottled on 10th March 2016.

FOOD MATCH  This wine is versatile with food and will pair well with savoury lamb, venison and game dishes, as well as fish dishes such as grilled salmon or tuna. A quintessential match for a vegetarian option is grilled field mushrooms.







Alcohol 13 % pH 3.52
Acidity 5.7 g/L SO2 50 mg/L



Decanter Magazine – ‘The Most Exciting Wines of 2018’ – January 2019 Edition.

97 Points / 5 Stars. “From a low-yielding vineyard in the Waihopai Valley with clay-based soils and 17 year-old vines. 50% whole-bunches in the fermentation. Evocatively perfumed wine with savoury, fresh herb, violet, red rose, cherry and berry flavours supported by classy spicy oak. Dense and seamless with an impressively lengthy finish. Delicious wine 20/2/2018 – Drink 2018 to 2023Bob Campbell MW, Real Reviewsstars-5.0 – February 2018 

#1 Marlborough Pinot Noir 2015, Bob Campbell MW

5 STARS “The youthful, very age-worthy 2015 vintage (5*) is a single-vineyard wine, grown in the Waihopai Valley, hand-picked, fermented with indigenous yeasts and matured for 10 months in French oak barriques (35 per cent new). Full-coloured, it is mouthfilling, with impressive density of fresh, plummy, spicy, slightly nutty flavours, fine-grained tannins, excellent complexity, and a long, finely structured finish. Best drinking 2021+.” Michael Cooper’s Buyer’s Guide 2019, November 2018

“A Trio of Pricey Pinots” – The Real Review, 13/03/18