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Blank Canvas Marlborough Grüner Veltliner

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A wine of wonderful, pure aromatics this Grüner shows classic notes of mandarin and ripe peach with an underlying trace of white pepper. The oak featuring in the wine is only obvious if you are told about it – it is there to provide richness and weight to the mid-palate, which is why we chose large French oak puncheons to do the job. The result is a well-structured, luscious rendition of an Austrian classic.
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Origin:
New Zealand, Marlborough
Vintage:
2013
Volume:
750 ml
Grape Varieties:
  • 100% Grüner Veltliner
Colour:
White
Details:
Blank Canvas Marlborough Grüner Veltliner
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Matt Thomson is a busy winemaker. He has worked over forty vintages in numerous wine regions around the world, and has worked with David Gleave since 1994. “Now is the time to launch my own wines,” he says. “Blank Canvas represents my story as a winemaker.  It is an endeavour that is entirely my own expression of winemaking, is from my own funding, and is exclusively my risk.” 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. His aim is to break some rules with the Blank Canvas wines, but in order to break the rules, he feels, you need to know them. This is what sets the Blank Canvas wines apart.

The fruit for the Grüner Veltliner comes from a single vineyard in the Rapaura sub-region. Free run juice was fermented primarily in stainless steel, with 25% of the blend going to half new and half one year old French oak puncheons (600 litre, to ensure less oak uptake), where the wine remained for eight months. The oak gives depth and texture to the wine, while the single vineyard and the careful handling gives the wine a lovely aromatic intensity.

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