Quality wines start in the vineyard. It was with that clear vision that Daniel and Ursula Schwarzenbach moved to the top of the South Island in 1998 and searched for land for almost two years, before purchasing their 20ha block in Tasman on the scenic Coastal Highway. The gentle north-facing slope, the Moutere clay soils and the mild maritime climate were immediately appealing. In the winter of 2000 they grafted their own vines to plant the first 4ha of Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay, Pinot Gris and Pinot Noir in the following winter. Over the years they added Riesling, Gewürztraminer and the Italian red variety Montepulciano into the mix. Born in Switzerland but living in New Zealand since age 9, Daniel began his career as a medical chemist and microbiologist in NZ and the UK, before deciding that winemaking was the path he wanted to go down. He is committed to sustainable/organic winemaking, with very few additions/adjustments made to the wines themselves.
What The Critics Say
4 Stars Nelson Mail, Neil Hodgson
"This Gewurztraminer is typical of the Blackenbrook style, beautiful winemaking that delivers clean flavours true to the varietal. In this case the lovely ripe fruit aromas tease the senses but the flavours deliver on the promise. Lively spiced pear, lychee and soft ginger flavours abound in the rich but not over-powering palate, a medium to dry style wine that delivers excellent value. Joining a silver medal from the recent Bragato Wine Awards is a four star rating from me."
4 Stars Michael Cooper
A consistently attractive wine. The refined 2017 vintage (4*) was mostly handled in tanks, but 12 per cent of the blend was matured in old barrels. Pale and ripely perfumed, it is a medium-dry style (8 grams/litre of residual sugar), with mouthfilling body and a vibrant array of pear, peach, lychee and spice flavours, showing excellent delicacy and depth. Best drinking mid-2018+.
“The nose is very sexy. I love the Turkish delight, ginger and cardamom characters and its luscious textures.“
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