Two Blank Canvas wines make James Suckling's Top 100 New Zealand Wines of 2021 List
It is a great honour to have not just one but two of our wines make James Suckling's Top 100 New Zealand Wines of 2021 List. For them both to be Chardonnay is even more thrilling. We do genuinely believe that Chardonnay is quite possibly New Zealand's most exciting variety, with the enormous potential for world-class quality more palpable with every passing vintage.
There are some exceptional expressions of Chardonnay being produced in this country right now, and with 24 on James Suckling's list in 2021, it's undeniable the world's critics and enthusiasts are really beginning to sit up and take notice. Let's not forget that Kumeu River Mate's Vineyard Chardonnay also took out the top wine for the overall Top Wines of 2021 - an incredible feat.
This recognition fortifies our quest to make the best Chardonnay from exceptional single vineyard sites in Marlborough.
James Suckling's Top 100 Wines of New Zealand List 2021 features:
2020 Blank Canvas Reed Vineyard Chardonnay
'Aromas of dried mango, lime curd, coriander, honeysuckle and salted butter with some meaty and smoky undertones. Full-bodied with tangy acidity. Concentrated and rich, yet well structured, with a bright backbone of acidity and phenolic texture. 93 Points'
2019 Blank Canvas Escaroth Vineyard Chardonnay
'Very impressive complexity and purity here with struck-match, grapefruit and lemon-peel aromas, as well as peach and some gently creamy notes. The palate has vibrant peach and lemon-curd flavors and grilled hazelnut warming the finish. 93 Points'