Blank Canvas Reed Vineyard Marlborough Chardonnay 2021
Region: Marlborough, New Zealand
Bottle size: 75cl
Notes: Sustainable, Vegetarian, Vegan
This is an incredibly textured wine that boasts a bounty of fleshy white nectarine and orchard fruit, and a grainy, honeyed richness, perfectly balanced by vibrant acidity and notes from oak ageing. A complex and layered wine that is perfect for drinking now but will also benefit from cellaring.
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 vineyard is planted with 100% Clone 95 Chardonnay, a Burgundian clone that Matt Thomson thinks is ideally suited to Marlborough, which has been top-grafted onto ancient Gewurztraminer vines - so while the top grafting is young, the vine roots go deep. Matt particularly likes this clone for its intense flavour, modest sugar levels and aromatic complexity.
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.