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
92/100 Bob Campbell MW
"Reasonably deep-tinted rosé with raspberry, cherry, red rose and a hint of vanilla. Dry but not austere, with a smooth texture and surprisingly lengthy finish. A bright, flavoursome and charming wine. 04 SEP 2020." Drink 2020 - 2023
91/100 Cameron Douglas MS
"Hues of pink and a super bright sheen lead to aromas of raspberry and sweet plum, cherry and pacific rose apple. Youthful, fresh, juicy and fruity on the palate with a playful acid line and a core of fruit flavours that mirror the nose. A mineral note along with the light floral tone add charm and a touch of complexity. Balanced and well made." Drink 2020 - 2022
5 Stars Neil Hodgson
"Made from 100% Pinot Noir (Abel Clone) this is another Blackenbrook wine where the purity of fruit shines, it also has a beautiful texture, a texture that is rich and rounded on the palate without being sweet.
The perfectly ripe fruit is balanced with juicy acidity and a touch of astringency in the long finish. For a dry wine this outstanding Rose is richly textured and a perfect food wine and is dangerously easy to drink."
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