Blank Canvas Gruner Veltliner 2013

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Jancis Robinson – "Now this really does have Grüner Veltliner written all over it even though the vines are still pretty young (this is the fourth harvest). It is certainly peppery but it also has the oily (in a good way) depth that I have only ever seen in the Wachau. There's some citrus and green fruit too but also a mineral, dry texture. Well balanced and remarkably full-bodied given the moderate alcohol. Still incredibly fresh but starting to show the complexity of some bottle age. I look forward to tasting it again." - JULIA HARDING MW, jancisrobinson.com

About This Wine

Gruner Veltliner can produce outstanding, full-bodied wines capable of aging. Yet unfortunately few producers have the luxury of holding onto wine, allowing evolution in the bottle to give us a new perspective on the varietal. But Blank Canvas, one of the most exciting labels to emerge from Marlborough in the past decade is doing just that. A super opportunity to look at this versatile grape, with age, made by great people! 

The Blanc Canvas Gruner Veltliner from 2013 hails from 2 hectares on the great Berakah vineyard in Rapaura. The vintage consisted of a long summer, rainfall was moderate and well-spaced. Disease was non-existent with the absence of rain during harvest, near-perfect conditions.  The grapes were harvested by hand during the cool early morning near the end of the Marlborough harvest. De-stemmed, crushed and pressed in a gentle pneumatic press to avoid skin-contact and the extraction of harsh phenolics. A press cut was also made. Free-run juice went primarily to stainless steel tank to ferment cool, and a 25% portion was split equally into new and used French oak puncheons (600 litre) where it matured for 8 months. 

Complex tasting note - think green apples, roses, lychee and mango, strong mineral terroir tones supported by a lively acid backbone.

Type White Wine
Varietal(s) Gruner Veltliner
Country New Zealand
Region Marlborough
Appellation Dillons Point
Brand Blank Canvas
Vintage 2013

Wines of Marlborough

Marlborough is at the northern tip of New Zealand’s South Island and is the leading region in the country, being responsible for 75% of NZ’s wine production and 85% of its exports. Marlborough is internationally renowned for its distinctive style of Sauvignon Blanc, described by some wine writers such as Oz Clarke and George Taber as the best in the world. Australia being such a close neighbour, we get a great number of brands imported into the country.

Sauvignon Blanc in Marlborough is grown on well-draining alluvial gravels, with large temperature fluctuations between day and night. These conditions are great for growing grapes that strike a perfect balance between ripeness and acidity. The result is sauvignon blanc that is aromatic, driven by tropical fruit flavours but also supported by an herbaceous and mineral character. Aussies often described Marlborough Savvy Blanc as full of passionfruit flavour.

Despite many consumers having an idea of what Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc is, the wine is actually made in a wide range of different styles. Wine makers take advantage of different clones, fermentation styles, lees-stirring and aging regimens to give their wines nuance and differentiate their brand from one another. You may have had sauvignon blanc from Marlborough before, but it is always worth exploring some not so commercial brands if it is a style you enjoy.

Other varieties that are produced in the region include Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Pinot Gris.

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