Blank Canvas 'Abstract' Sauvignon Blanc 2018

Grapes for the Blank Canvas 'Abstract' Sauvignon Blanc are sourced from the unique Holdaway vineyard, which is located in the Dillons Point sub-region of the Wairau Valley. While the classic expression of Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc is about fruit purity and crispness, 'Abstract' represents an alternative interpretation and is a departure from the norm. This Sauvignon Blanc is all about texture and layers of aromatic complexity derived from both fruit and winemaking. The Holdaway Family vineyard in Dillons Point produces the pillar of blackcurrant, passionfruit and its signature salty minerality, while the 100% wild yeast fermentation in seasoned French oak puncheons and maturation of 14 months offers savoury attraction and complexity on the palate. Matt and Sophie's philosophy is to bottle unfiltered when they can and thus while nothing is taken away, a slight deposit may occur over time.

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Blank Canvas
New Zealand
White Wine
Primary Grape(s):
Sauvignon Blanc
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Stelvin Lux
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The Producer Blank Canvas | Marlborough

Blank Canvas is the vinous studio of award-winning international winemaking consultant Matt Thomson and Master of Wine Sophie Parker-Thomson. With over 40 years of collective experience in the global wine industry, they produce small batch fine wines from exceptional single vineyard sites from three New Zealand wine regions - Marlborough,...

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The Region New Zealand | Marlborough

When the first Marlborough vines were planted in 1973 few people predicted that the region would become New Zealand's largest and best known wine-growing area in little more than 20 years.The distinctive pungency and zesty fruit flavours of the first wines captured the imagination of the country's winemakers and wine...

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The Primary Grape Wine By Grape Variety | Sauvignon Blanc

Sauvignon Blanc is a major white grape variety that is planted widely in Bordeaux, the Loire Valley and the New World, particularly New Zealand. If planted in cool regions on poor soils it has the classic green herbaceous flavours often reminiscent of gooseberries, green peppers, grass, passion fruit or elderflower....

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Customer Reviews

Based on 3 reviews
Rebecca Gibb MW
Vinous - Professional

93 Points "The 2018 Sauvignon Blanc Abstract is a structured and pure expression. Only the free-run juice of these dry-farmed grapes is sent to puncheons, where natural fermentation takes place. Compared with the 2017, it's a little more flinty; the high-solids ferment has also imbued an almond meal note to the black currant fruit and grapefruit-like acidity. Ready for drinking, but there's no hurry. I found it also benefited from some aeration, so maybe pop it in a decanter before you get involved."

Cameron Douglas MS
Cameron Douglas MS - Professional

96 Points - Outstanding "Immediately complex and enticing bouquet with aromas of the variety with a deep core of savoury complexity, lees and barrel ferment derived scents. Aromas of honeysuckle and grapefruit, some tropical fruit, wild flowers, sage and fresh herbs, hay and silty soil minerality. Fantastic on the palate with textures and flavours of complexity, variety, soil and palate tension - with amazing salty acidity, hold, release and finish. What’s not to like! Best drinking upon purchase and through 2028+."

Julia Harding MW - Professional

18 Points (#1 NZ Sauvignon Blanc 2018) - "If the Holdaway Sauvignon was all about the fruit, with a little bit of winemaking, this is more about the winemaking but could not be built like this without that same fruit quality and intensity – as it opens there’s blackcurrant leaf and an almost hidden note of tropical fruit and richness. Marked struck-match, smoky, cordite first impression, but not excessive unless you don’t like this style. This is bold, fresh, with the start of some cedary development of bottle age. On the palate, the texture is rounded and deep, filling the mouth but still incredibly fresh. Long, mouth-watering, salty finish, and a promise of more bottle-aged complexity to come. Delicious now but no rush. Classy, complex, distinctive. For lovers of Sauvignon in the style of Dogpoint Section 94."