Pinot Blanc loves our gravelly Moutere clay soil - just like its close relatives Pinot Gris and Pinot Noir. Right from the inaugural vintage 2019 this wine attracted lots of positive attention and brought home two Trophy medals for its two first vintages.
Only 11 hectares of this variety are planted in our country and nearly all of these grapes are blended into other white varietals or matured in oak, which brings the texture and flavour closer to a Chardonnay.
But Pinot Blanc is aromatic and fruit-driven all on its own. We are making the wine in a way that allows the varietal flavours to shine by maturing it in stainless steel rather than oak. This way the grape expresses its pure style from our Nelson vineyard.
In terms of flavour, our Pinot Blanc sits right in the middle between the floral Gewürztraminer and the nutty Pinot Gris. It’s crisp and floral and aromatic.
New Zealand International Wine Competition 2023
Aotearoa Regional Wine Competition 2023
95/100 (Gold) Bob Campbell MW, therealreview.com
Ripe Pinot Blanc with tree fruit/white peach, vanilla and gentle citrus flavours. A hint of sweetness is nicely balanced by bright, fresh acidity that helps drive a lengthy finish.
Attractive wine with power and purity. 08 NOV 2023
Wine & dine
Try our Pinot Blanc with this beautiful goat cheese bavarois on a salad of pear and micro-greens – a truly outstanding combination.
But it will just as happily partner with mouth-watering crayfish from Kaikōura, a scrumptious pumpkin risotto or grilled asparagus.
Our 20th year of growing grapes at Blackenbrook Vineyard!
Mother Nature gave us beautiful spring weather for flowering and pollination, setting us up for a good crop.
Summer was quite wet and the vines grew at a crazy pace. We kept mowing, trimming and leaf-plucking the fruit zone but it was a real struggle to stay on top of the phenomenal growth.
Going into harvest the fruit was clean but extremely fragile – and so were our nerves. But two weeks of stunning autumn weather was all we needed to hand-pick our biggest crop ever with beautiful ripeness and flavours – a challenging season with a happy ending.
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