Blank Canvas is the vinous studio of award-winning international winemaking consultant Matt Thomson and Master of Wine Sophie Parker-Thomson. With over 40 years of collective experience in the global wine industry, they produce small batch fine wines from exceptional single vineyard sites throughout New Zealand under their art-meets-science project. Matt has worked over fifty vintages in numerous wine regions around the world and has worked with David Gleave since 1994. Sophie has been travelling to Europe and working with Matt since 2011, leaving her career in law behind her. This international experience is the founding inspiration for this husband-and-wife team.
A wine of wonderful, pure aromatics this Gruner Veltliner exemplifies classic notes of mandarin and tangelo with an underlying trace of white pepper. The subtle toast and cedar aromatics from fermentation in 60% French oak puncheon fill out the savoury components and flesh out the mid-palate. Desiring the richness and texture that only comes with age we have cellared this wine for several years before release. The result is a complex, rich and weighty rendition of an Austrian classic.
This debut release of the Settlement Vineyard Pinot Noir is a classic representation from the Omaka with great density and power. 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.
A heady fragrance of peony and violets, red cherry and pomegranate, overlaid with a smoky, earthy savouriness. The character reflects the perfume and delicacy of the vintage, whilst retaining its innate muscular tannin structure that ensures it will age very well. The palate shows great intensity, complexity and structure.
This wine has aromas of blackcurrant and passionfruit, balanced by a signature salty minerality from the Holdaway vineyard. The 100% wild yeast fermentation in seasoned French oak puncheons offers a flinty, savoury attraction and complexity on the palate.
This is an incredibly textured wine that boasts a bounty of fleshy white nectarine and orchard fruit, flint-focused precision and a grainy, honeyed richness, perfectly balanced by vibrant acidity and savoury notes from oak ageing. A complex and layered wine that is perfect for drinking now but will also benefit from cellaring.
A classic expression of Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc, being 100% tank fermented, but it offers complexity of texture and a mineral drive that summons river stones and sea spray. Blackcurrant, guava and passion fruit are captured alongside the subtlest hint of oyster-shell. This wine is focused and explosive on both nose and palate yet remains elegantly balanced, with distinct salinity.
In the true expression of cool-climate Syrah, this wine exudes freshly cracked black pepper, crushed violets, red and black forest fruits and savoury smoky nuances. It has crunchy acidity which carries the fine-grained tannins and background of spicy, savoury oak. This wine is about fragrance and texture, assisted by the co-fermentation with the Grüner Veltliner skins as well as whole-cluster fermentation. It boasts layers of complexity in flavour and tannins which allows an intriguing long-term ageing potential.