Blank Canvas Chardonnay

95/100. A bloody masterpiece.

Blank Canvas Chardonnay

2016, Marlborough New Zealand
  •   95/100 & No.1 Marlborough Chardonnay (2016) - Bob Campbell (MW)
  •   Blank Canvas is the wine project of winemaking legend Matt Thomson (ex Saint Clair)
  •   Shaken, not stirred. No lees stirring, but it was given a good old shake by the 14 November earthquake
  • Very limited stocks (with big international demand, most of it has gone offshore)
  • RRP $38.99


    He started off with a blank canvas, he ended up with a near bloody masterpiece.

    Matt Thomson is the winemaker, you probably best know him from his days at Saint Clair, and after making wine across every corner of the globe he decided to do his own thing. Taking his years of experience and know-how and making a fresh start with his own gig, using his own cash, making wine on his terms.

    So how’d he do? Well if his 95/100 from NZ’s leading critic Bob Campbell is any form to go on, pretty damn near spot on. In fact, Bob went as far as rating this as his No.1 Chardonnay from Marlborough in the ’16 vintage that has passed his lips. Not bad right?

    Shaken not stirred is how Matt describes this wine. That’s because while he decided not to lees stir this single vineyard fruit sourced from the Omaka Valley, it was shaken by the 14 November ’16 earthquake.

    Bob calls it an “Intense, flavoursome Chardonnay with citrus, peach, tree fruit, brioche and spicy oak flavours“. Matt calls it an “incredibly textured, savoury wine…truly made by man and nature.”

    With such massive international demand for this wine there wasn’t much left for the domestic market. We were lucky enough to lay out hands on some of this extremely classy number, do yourself a favour and grab a six pack now. You’ll be so, so glad you did.

    The Lowdown: 13.5% alc / 750ml / Screwcap

    Sam Kim 5 Stars
    Michael Cooper 4.5 Stars




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