Swiss quality-focus transplanted to New Zealand

Jakub Jurkiewicz, DipWSETThat's how wine blogger Jakub Jurkiewicz experienced Blackenbrook when he visited with his wife over the long Easter weekend! 

He came to Nelson to write the latest instalment of his Wine Uni Blog designed to prepare students for WSET and Sommelier exams. 

Here's what he wrote about our humble vineyard:

"Blackenbrook is Swiss quality-focus transplanted to New Zealand. And the results are astonishing!

This family-owned winery planted their first vines in 2001, and now they grow their grapes on 20 hectares of land in the Moutere Hills, next to the Tasman Sea.

They use a gravity-based winery, which allows them for minimal intervention, resulting in well-crafted and nuanced wines.


Blackenbrook Nelson Rose 2020

There were many highlights of this visit. The Blackenbrook Pinot Rosé 2020 was excellent, full of ripe flavours, with lifted florals, medium body and crispy acidity.

We were absolutely surprised by the Blackenbrook Family Reserve Montepulciano 2019 – a rich and robust wine, with herbs and spices adding to its finesses.

We also enjoyed Blackenbrook Family Reserve Pinot Noir 2019 – complex and concentrated aromas, full of character and length."

Jakub Jurkiewicz, DipWSET


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