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Marlborough Gruner Veltliner, Blank Canvas

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Matt Thomson is a busy winemaker. He has worked over forty vintages in numerous wine regions around the world, and has worked with David Gleave since 1994, primarily as a consultant.  "Now is the time to launch my own wines," he says. "Blank Canvas represents my story as a winemaker. It is an endeavour that is entirely my own expression of winemaking, is from my own funding, and is exclusively my risk." The 'Blank Canvas' is the vineyard and the variety, the winery, the brush and palette at the winemaker's disposal, all the while defined by the scientific grounding Matt laid down at university and has built upon over the past 23 years. His aim is to break some rules with the Blank Canvas wines, but in order to break the rules, he feels, you need to know them. This is what sets the Blank Canvas wines apart.

Gruner Veltliner, endemic to Austria, is a very new grape variety for New Zealand. While plantings remain comparatively minute, it shows promise as a serious contender for the Marlborough region. 

A wine of wonderful and pure aromatics, this Grüner Veltliner shows classic notes of mandarin and ripe peach with an underlying trace of white pepper. The oak featuring in this wine is only obvious if you are told about it – it is there to provide richness and weight to the mid-palate, which is why the producer chose large French oak puncheons to do the job. The result is a well-structured, luscious rendition of an Austrian classic.

  • Feature(s): Sustainable
  • Winemaker: Matt Thomson
  • Alcohol (ABV): 13 %
  • Acidity: 5.9 g/l
  • Residual sugar: 3.3 g/l
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  • Bottle size: 75cl

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