Blank Canvas Syrah 2015
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Only few bottles left. Great reviews for the intriguing twist on Syrah: A co-fermentation with Grüner Veltliner rather than Viognier. 3x 93 points - WOW-factor included.
Blank Canvas Syrah 2015
VINOUS - Rebecca Gibb MW: 93/100. This elegant Syrah offers floral perfumes with funky base notes of smoky bacon in a compact package. The 60% whole bunch fermentation also has the idiosyncratic inclusion of Grüner Veltliner skins, adding a white pepper note to Syrah's black pepper characters. The primary and bright blackberry fruit is charming obn the entry but there's a sense of Rhône-like restraint here. Tannins coat the mouth with a fine chalky texture: in combination with the fine acidity, there's a delightful sense of sap on the long finish. Complex, layered and remarkably youthful for a five-year-old NZ Syrah. Drink 2021 - 2025.
Decanter: 93/100 & Top 30 carbonic maceration reds.A highly complex and savoury Syrah from a single-vineyard site. 60% whole-bunch fermentation and co-fermentation with Grüner Veltliner skins, prior to 10 months' oak ageing. Great freshness on the palate, with bright damson and cherry fruit, black pepper to finish. Drinking Window 2020 - 2025
Bob Campbell, MW: 93/100. Dense, deep, high energy syrah, with bright dark fruit, floral, violet, black pepper and spicy oak flavours. The wine has an appealing seamless and silken texture, with subtle sweet fruit restrained by gently drying tannins. Should age well.
Julia Harding für Jancis Robinson: 18/20. 60% whole bunch, fermented in tank with some Grüner skins. French barriques (35% new). Complex nose of smoky bacon, black pepper, lots of rotundone. Light floral note too. Rich but not fat, lots of ripe berry fruit. Like a rich northern rhône, and really smooth. Very pretty and very perfumed but with an underlying sweetness of fruit. Attractively stemmy.
Rich, powerful and brooding, the Blank Canvas Syrah is a world first for its inclusion of a unique co-fermentation partner, Gruner Veltliner. This marriage of varieties gives this wine a panoply of ripe fruit characters –raspberry, blackberry, alongside savoury notes, particularly bacon. It also gives this wine an incredible spectrum of spice: the black pepper and juniper of Syrah, and the white pepper notes of Gruner Veltliner. It has a velvet-like texture, fine tannins and acidity that only a cool-climate can deliver. It is incredibly dense and dark, yet hauntingly perfumed and elegant.
Aromas and flavours:
Type: Red wine
Grape varial: Syrah
Alcohol: 13% vol
Food match: The depth and intensity of this wine means it can be matched with equally rich, savoury foods such as hearty meat stews, grilled red meat and it is a divine match with peppered steak.
Vineyard: Gimblett Gravels, Hawkes Bay, New Zealand. The vineyard is over 15 years old with very low-yielding vines. The soils have a free-draining nature by being situated on an historic riverbed. The vines are VSP trained and cane-pruned on a single fruiting wire with high density planting.
Winemaking: Very unusual, maybe even an unprecedented approach: Matt has co-fermented a select parcel of Syrah fruit with 7.5% Gruner Veltliner skins. This is a similar technique to what is done in Northern Rhone but with Austria's hallmark white variety instead of France's Viognier. Although Matt had Viognier available for this purpose, he specifically chose Gruner because he suspected it was a better partner. Matt believes Viognier can have an over-sweet fruit character when it is very ripe which he wanted to avoid and the finished wine benefited from Gruner’s white pepper note. Matt has used a 60% whole bunch component in the fermentation with the aim of emulating the enchanting aromatics present in the best Cote Rôtie wines. The wine was hand-plunged and fermented by cultured and wild yeasts. Maturation of 10 months in new and seasoned French oak was carried out before the wine was blended and bottled unfiltered in March 2015.
Wine style: dry
Bottle size: 0.75l
Notice: contains sulfites
Cellaring potential: until 2022+
Produced and bottled by: Kiwi-Oeno Limited, t/a Blank Canvas Wines, 2A Opawa Street, Blenheim 7201,Marlborough,New Zealand