Crushed and Cured
Blank Canvas, Settlement Vineyard Marlborough Pinot Noir
Ripe blue and red fruits transition seamlessly to an attractive savoury edge of forest floor and sappy aromatic spices. It is an incredibly structured and impressive wine, built to age.
The stunning Settlement Vineyard is in the Omaka Valley microregion of the Southern Valleys. Blank Canvas are entrusted with a small one-hectare parcel of Clone 777 Pinot Noir, a perfumed Dijon clone that delivers naturally small bunches. This hillside block, called the 'Back Block', is north-facing and planted to a high density of 3788 vines per hectare on wind-blown loess over low vigour clay loams. The vineyard was planted in 2009 and is now Bio-Gro certified and farmed organically.
Hand-harvested on the 20th March. 50% of the fruit was tipped into an open-tank fermenter, the fruit was kept cool until natural fermentation commenced after five days. The tank was hand-plunged throughout its 15-day fermentation period after which the wine was drained and pressed to 100% French oak barriques for natural malolactic fermentation. After 12 months in oak, the wine spent a further three months in tank to gently and naturally settle. It was bottled without filtration on the 3rd June 2020.
Country: New Zealand
Grape Variety: Pinot Noir
Producer: Black Canvas