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
Trophy for Best Other White at the New Zealand International Wine Competition 2020
"Crystal pale with lemon edges. Nashi pear and peach aromas follow through to the full-bodied, textural, moderately weighty palate that's beautifully rounded and concentrated with delicate floral nuances and touches of musk."
93/100 Bob Campbell MW
"Distinctive and appealing wine with an aroma of vanilla custard and honeysuckle. Tree fruit, nectarine and a suggestion of ginger on the palate. Good purity and an ethereal texture. 4/9/2020." Drink 2020 - 2024
5 Stars Neil Hodgson
"This is only the second edition of the Blackenbrook Pinot Blanc and it shows without doubt the vineyard site is perfect for extracting the very best from the variety. The beautiful, weighty texture on the palate hints at the intensity of flavour to come, flavours that reflect the aromas. The flavours are mouth-wateringly delicious and are balanced with a touch of freshness. For me the key things that points to this variety being part of the Pinot family are the hints of Pinot Gris with the phenolics in the Pinot Blanc variety create a significant difference making it a delightful wine. There are intriguing liquorice-like characters in the very long finish that add to the complexity. This is a five star wine and one that will certainly find itself attached to my credit card and a place in our cellar."
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