2021 Blackenbrook Nelson Pinot Gris
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 Cameron Douglas MS
"Pure fruit scents and varietal with aromas of green and brown pears, fruit spice and apple, some quince and a touch of elderflower. Dry, lifted, fresh, plush and mouth watering flavours of tree fruits and citrus, apple and floral highlights. Salivating with a delicious texture and length. Excellent with my Tuesday evening fish and chips take-out or southland blue cod and lemon beurre-blanc sauce. Drink from 2021 through 2026." Drink 2021 - 2026
93/100 Bob Campbell MW
"Gently aromatic pinot gris with pear, honeysuckle, anise and a suggestion of nutty yeast lees character. Quite punchy, almost luscious, fruit with impressive power and purity. A hint of sweetness aids concentration and texture. 01 FEB 2022." Drink 2022 - 2025
41/2 Stars M.Cooper
"Estate-grown and hand-picked from 20 year-old vines, the 2021 vintage was hand-picked and handled in a mix of tanks (95 per cent) and old oak barrels (5 per cent). Bright, light lemon/green, it is mouthfilling, with strong peach, pear, lychee and spice flavours, showing excellent varietal character, a touch of complexity, and an off-dry (9 grams/litre of residual sugar) finish. Full of youthful vigour, it should develop well."
|Maturity||2021 - 2026|
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