Blank Canvas Element Vineyard Gimblett Gravels Hawkes Bay Syrah 2017
Region: Hawkes Bay, New Zealand
Bottle size: 75cl
In the true expression of cool-climate Syrah, this wine exudes freshly cracked black pepper, crushed violets, red and black forest fruits and savoury smoky nuances. It has crunchy acidity which carries the fine-grained tannins and background of spicy, savoury oak. This wine is about fragrance and texture, assisted by the co-fermentation with the Grüner Veltliner skins as well as whole-cluster fermentation. It boasts layers of complexity in flavour and tannins which allows an intriguing long-term ageing potential.
A parcel of special Syrah fruit was sourced from a single vineyard run by a good friend of Matt and Sophie's in Hawkes Bay’s famous Gimblett Gravels sub-region. The vineyard is over 15 years old with very low-yielding vines, thanks to the free-draining nature of the historic riverbed soils. The vines are trained by Vertical Shoot Positioning and cane-pruned on a single fruiting wire with high density planting. The vineyard is managed with true respect to the land and environment, with no herbicides or systemic controls used.
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, they produce small batch fine wines from exceptional single vineyard sites throughout New Zealand under their art-meets-science project.