2018 Blackenbrook Nelson Chardonnay
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
93/100 Cameron Douglas MS
"Calm bouquet with pure yet softly spoken scents of nectarine and apricot, vanilla, peach and apple. Some toasty wood and light smoky moments. Dry, warm, creamy, elegant and well made. Plenty of weight, medium acidity, flavours mirror the nose with soft wood tannins adding structure and depth. Best drinking from today and through 2023."
4 Stars Michael Cooper
"A bold style, it is fresh and full-bodied, with peachy, citrusy flavours, seasoned with biscuity oak, good complexity and a slightly creamy texture."
|Maturity||2020 - 2023|
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