2019 Blank Canvas, Escaroth Chardonnay, 6x750ml

2019 Blank Canvas, Escaroth Chardonnay, 6x750ml

2019 Blank Canvas, Escaroth Chardonnay, 6x750ml
Vegan, Vegetarian

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Case size: 6 / Bottle size: 750ml

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From £110.00

Critics Score: 94

Publication: Rebecca Gibb MW, Vinous

Drinking Dates: 2021-2028

A suave and seamless Chardonnay that's very relaxed in its own skin. This low-yield season has provided excellent fruit concentration. The combination of barrels and puncheons infuses a nutty, savory element and there's also an appetizing waft of smoky bacon. A fine line of lemon-peel-like acidity emerges on the mouthwatering finish. Excellent harmony and will improve with additional bottle age allowing the oak aromas to soften. This is the cuvée's inaugural vintage, and I cannot wait to see the next.
2019 Blank Canvas, Escaroth Chardonnay, 6x750ml

Matt Thomson has worked over forty vintages in numerous wine regions around the world. Blank Canvas represents my story as a winemaker. 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. 

The 'Escaroth' vineyard is home to dedicated growers Andy and Kyna Laurie. Situated in the Taylor Pass sub-region of the Southern Valleys, they first planted vines on their land at the turn of the Millennium. The Chardonnay is 100% Clone 95, which Matt and Sophie love for its elegance and aromatic complexity. The plot is on the highest part of the vineyard, nestled on a beautiful north facing slope. It is dry-farmed and tended by hand.

The Chardonnay was gently whole-bunch pressed with only the very cloudy free-run juice going into new and seasoned French oak puncheons (500L), as well as barriques (30% new). It was allowed to ferment with wild yeasts, and left to its own devices, without sulphur or lees stirring throughout maturation. It underwent natural malolactic fermentation in the spring, and was then racked and bottled without filtration.

2019 was one of the driest vintages on record, and for many in the region one of the lowest cropping. A relatively wet spring provided good early season growth, though a cool flowering period resulting in low berry numbers for Chardonnay. The dry conditions, with only trivial rainfall between Christmas and the 10th March meant there was zero disease pressure, and exceptionally clean and healthy fruit was produced. Overall the Chardonnay of 2019 produced very generous, ripe fruit flavours and beautiful intensity and richness on the palate.