Blank Canvas Escaroth Vineyard Marlborough Pinot Noir 2018
Region: Marlborough, New Zealand
Bottle size: 75cl
Grape: Pinot Noir
A heady fragrance of peony and violets, red cherry and pomegranate, overlaid with a smoky, flinty savouriness. The character reflects the perfume and delicacy of the vintage, while retaining its innate muscular tannin structure that ensures it will age very well. The palate shows great intensity, complexity and structure.
Escaroth is a unique north-facing, sloped, dry-farmed site in the middle of the Taylor Pass. Vines were planted in 2001 and, rare in Marlborough, it is established without irrigation. The Taylor Pass has the largest diurnal range in all of Marlborough and is often the driest sub-region. The north-facing slope is essential for frost protection as well as exposure for ripening. The low-vigour, old clay soils are perfect for Pinot Noir. The total Pinot Noir area is just under one hectare and is planted with Dijon clones 777 and 115. The vineyard is spur-pruned and VSP trained.
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.