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
94/100 Wine Orbit, Sam Kim
"This is seriously good; the elegantly expressed bouquet shows white flesh nectarine, fig, oatmeal and white floral characters with a touch of spicy complexity. The palate is wonderfully weighted and delightfully flowing with rounded mouthfeel and silky texture, gorgeously complemented by whispering sweetness and juicy acidity. $28.00. www.blackenbrook.co.nz. Oct 2019." Drink 2019 - 2024
4.5 Stars Michael Cooper
"Handled without oak, it is attractively scented, vibrantly fruity and mouth-filling, with good intensity of peach, pear, lychee and spice flavours, and an off-dry finish. A distinctive, Alsace-style wine, that veers more towards Pinot Gris than Chardonnay in style, it's still extremely youthful; best drinking 2021+."
5 Stars Y.Lorkin
I love the way it smells. Showing apricots, jasmine, mineral notes and really interesting juicy characters alongside a succulent texture. It’s like very silky very kind of sip, satisfyingly sexy. It’s no wonder that it got a gold medal. That’s because this wine is absolutely stunning and it’s the kind of wine that I imagine drinking in your backyard after you’ve just mowed the lawns and you’re looking at the spring blossoms on your trees (but if you don’t have any blossoms or trees or whatever I don’t care. Just look out the window and just think of better places. Think of brightness and better days and this wine will help do that for you.
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