Art Label

Shangri-La Pinot Noir 2021

A glowing sunset and a glass of Shangri-La Pinot Noir at the seaside village of Mapua - the perfect end to a busy day. 

Entitled "Sunset at Mapua Wharf", this label is part of our art series featuring works by Nelson artist Michelle Bellamy. The painting was commissioned to celebrate the vibrant beauty of the Nelson region. 


$30.00 NZD

Tasting Notes

Deep in colour, the Pinot Noir 2021 is beautifully balanced with layers of cherries, spice and savoury earthiness – a focussed wine of high complexity and finesse.

Read Winemaker’s Notes
Oil painting titled "Sunset at Mapua Wharf" by Michelle Bellamy showing the channel between Mapua and Rabbit Island in the warm red evening glow.  There is a sailing boat moored in the channel with its reflection on the water.

Nelson art to the world

Shangri-La stands for harmony, bright colours, vibrancy and incredibly intense flavours. We initiated the art series containing Sauvignon Blanc, Gewurztraminer and Pinot Noir to show-case these unique Nelson traits to the Japanese export market.

Contemporary Nelson landscape artist Michelle Bellamy created the paintings for the labels. Through precision brushwork and careful layering she captured the essence of the magnificent Nelson region.

Our Japanese wine importers Yumi Toyama and Masaki Tokunaga enjoying a meal in Mapua.  Both are smiling and Yumi is wearing a bright pink coat.


4½ Stars Michael Cooper,

Offering fine value, the 2021 vintage was hand-picked from estate-grown, 20 year-old vines and matured for a year in French oak barrels.

Full, bright ruby, it is fragrant and mouthfilling, with concentrated, ripe cherry, plum and spice flavours, showing very good complexity, harmony, and supple tannins. Best drinking 2025+.

Ursula Schwarzenbach chatting with a customer at a wine tasting.  In the background there is a large Blackenbrook sign.

The season

Mother Nature threw some hefty challenges at us with unsettled weather and gale-force wind in spring followed by a hail storm on
Boxing Day.  

The humid and cold conditions in December made pollination difficult, resulting in small bunches with far less berries than usual.

Luckily we dodged the worst of the hail storm in December and only the Pinot Noir suffered damage. 

In January the weather finally turned and the sun kept smiling down on us right into harvest. On 15 March we started picking beautifully healthy grapes of outstanding fruit concentration. Just smaller than wished for volumes…