This Black Canvas, Escaroth Pinot Noir Marlborough 2017 has a pale-ish bricky colour. It has good intensity, a chicory note and blood orange on the nose. On the palate it has a core of sweet summer fruit, with some good raspberry pippy-ness, and nice grip on the end and a savoury bunchy finish. Despite having just 12.5% abv, it has lovely weight and a good mouthfeel.
Vineyard: The Escaroth single vineyard has some of the oldest soils in the region consisting of very low-vigour clay soils, which is perfect for low yielding Pinot Noir. The north-facing slope means excellent exposure to the sun in an area that has a greater diurnal range than the main Wairau Valley.
The vineyard is dry-farmed and everything is done by hand - this is because of the hillside nature of the site being adverse to machinery! The Pinot Noir is a mixture of clones comprised of 115, 667 and 777, which provides complexity and fragrance in the resulting wine.
Winemaking: The grapes for the Black Canvas Escaroth Pinot Noir are hand-picked. 50 percent wholes bunches are added to the ferment for freshness, greater structure and complexity of tannins. The wine is bottled without filtration, meaning that nothing is taken away from the wine. It does mean that over time a slight deposit can occur.
Black Canvas wines are 100 percent single-vineyard wines from New Zealand. They are produced in small batch and are a manifestation of the exact time and place they are from. Every vineyard site and every vintage reflect individuality and character. Black Canvas seeks out exceptional single vineyard sites throughout Marlborough, Hawke's Bay and Central Otago in New Zealand, grown by long-term grower partners that are dedicated to their land.