2019 Blank Canvas, Reed Chardonnay, 6x750ml

2019 Blank Canvas, Reed Chardonnay, 6x750ml

2019 Blank Canvas, Reed Chardonnay

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Case size: 6 / Bottle size: 750ml

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From £110.00

Critics Score: 95

Publication: Rebecca Gibb MW, Vinous

Drinking Dates: 2021-2027

A finely poised yet powerful Chardonnay that has just the right amount of reductive flint character, adding a layer of complexity to this savory, stylish wine. Wild fermentation in oak puncheons followed by an extended period on lees has resulted in rounded edges while adding smoky and nutty flavors. It has lovely sinew on the long finish.

2019 Blank Canvas, Reed Chardonnay, 6x750ml

The Reed vineyard is home to growers Pete and Anne Reed. Situated at the mouth of the Waihopai Valley, they first planted vines on their land in 2001. The soil is low-vigour clay, with a naturally dry micro-climate. The vineyard is planted solely with Clone 95 Chardonnay, a Burgundian clone that Matt Thomson thinks is ideally suited to Marlborough. It is flavour ripe at modest sugar levels, and retains its acid, a balance that Matt likes.

The Chardonnay was gently whole-bunch pressed with only the very cloudy free-run juice going into new (40% new) and used French oak puncheons (500L). No sulphur was added so a wild fermentation started, which didn't wholly finish until the following January. It underwent natural malolactic fermentation in the spring. Matt avoided lees stirring as he felt it would inhibit the expression of flint characters that he is keen on. The wine was bottled without filtration and with a very low total SO2.

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 resulted in low berry numbers for Chardonnay. The dry conditions, with low rainfall between Christmas and the 10th March, meant there was zero disease pressure, resulting in exceptionally clean and healthy fruit.