Blank Canvas is the vinous studio of award-winning international winemaking consultant Matt Thomson and Master of Wine Sophie Parker-Thomson. With over 40 years of collective experience in the global wine industry, Matt and Sophie produce small batch fine wines from exceptional single vineyard sites throughout New Zealand under their art-meets-science project, Blank Canvas. Matt has worked over fifty 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. Sophie has been travelling to Europe and working with Matt since 2011, leaving her career in law behind her. It is this international experience that is the founding inspiration for this husband-and-wife team. All vineyards are certified sustainable and all the growers live on their vineyards.
A very textured and savoury wine. A white peach, grapefruit and toasted hazelnut aroma profile, complemented by complex flint and silex nuances. Vivid acidity allows it to carry the powerful but savoury oak in a defined yet impressive manner. The judicious use of oak gives the wine a beautiful subtle toast and spice notes.
The Chardonnay was gently whole-bunch pressed with the very cloudy free-run juice only going to two French oak puncheons (500L) where it was left to kick off wild fermentation. One puncheon was new, one once used. The wine was left to its own devices, without sulphur or lees stirring throughout maturation, and it underwent natural malolactic fermentation in the spring. Nearly exactly 12 months after harvest the wine was racked and bottled without filtration on 19th March 2019.