Marlborough, New Zealand
"After years of working as an international consultant, making wines to a brief, Blank Canvas is my unbridled approach to winemaking, using the best quality fruit and the synthesis of science and creativity." - Matt Thomson, Co-owner and winemaker
The quality / price ratio here is fantastic. The 2018 Reed Chardonny was the highest scoring white wine tasted in the 2019 ‘Southern Hemisphere Spring Collection’ on JancisRobinson.com.
The Chardonnay comes from the Reed vineyard in the Waihopai Valley, with low-vigour clay soils. It is fermented in 500 litre French oak puncheons, 50% new, with no lees stirring, giving it a textured and savoury nature and a subtle vanillin and toast character.
Matt and Sophie are firm believers in Marlborough's ability to produce some of New Zealand's best Pinot Noir. This wine is also from a single vineyard, planted by Matt in 2001 on the low vigour clay soils of the Waihopai valley. The wine was fermented with wild yeasts and 50% whole bunch was used. It has lovely restraint and a stunning varietal purity, all held together on the palate by firm yet fine tannins.