Blank Canvas is the wine brand of wine-making 'guru' Matt Thomson – the name behind many of Marlborough's top labels as well as as a 'flying winemaker' in Europe for Liberty Wines – and his wife Sophie Parker-Thomson MW.
Winery notes (2017 Vintage)
"Escaroth is tucked away in the Southern Valley's Taylor Pass in Marlborough. It produces a bewildering fragrance of peony and violets, red cherry and pomegranate overlaid with a smoky, earthy savouriness. It is a site that truly reflects vintage variation with this inaugural release displaying the perfume and delicacy of the year, whilst retaining its innate muscular tannin structure that ensures it will age even better than Keith Richards. The low-yielding, dry-farmed site gives intensity and enables the use of a high degree of whole-bunch fermentation, adding further complexity and structure. We feel the wine is ultimately befitting of the fire-breathing dragon that guards the vineyard."
Rated Outstanding & 96/100 Cameron Douglas MS, October 2019 (2017 Vintage)
"Delicate, perfumed, floral and varietal. Aromas of light fruits of cherry and strawberry, a touch of plum, red apple skin and a quiet detailed savoury core. Complex and complete on the palate with flavours that reflect the nose. A quiet understated layer of oak soaks up the fruit easily allowing the subtle messages of Pinot Noir to survive and shine. Fine tannins, balanced acidity, a long and detailed finish. Please – give this wine time to speak to you – don’t disrupt it with food of any kind. Drink now and through 2025."
5 Stars & 95/100 Bob Campbell MW, The Real Review, August 2019 (2017 Vintage)
"Dry-farmed, north facing slope in the Southern Valleys, 50% whole-clusters. Delicious pinot noir with violet, wild flowers, sweet dark cherry, raspberry and spicy oak flavours. An ethereal, silken texture is even more impressive than the wines appealing and complex aromatics. Dangerously accessible now. Drink 2019 – 2025."
92/100 James Suckling, February 2020 (2017 Vintage)
"Some riper fruit and spicy oak meld together neatly here with a vibrant palate that delivers attractively taut tannin. Fresh, red-cherry finish."