Blank Canvas Syrah 2014, Hawkes Bay

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Blank Canvas Syrah 2014, Hawkes Bay
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Not just a Syrah unlike any other you've ever tasted, but a world-first.

Back in France's Rhône Valley you may come across Côte-Rôtie, sometimes made by adding a little Viognier to the Syrah grapes. Here in New Zealand's Marlborough wine region, Blank Canvas has come up with a combination you'd never have thought of. By adding Grüner Veltliner skins to the fermenting Syrah.

With its white pepper character, the 'gru-vee' helps create a Syrah of exceptional concentration, that had the wine critics reaching for superlatives when they reviewed it. Here's your chance to grab a piece of wine history in the making.

Impenetrably inky in the glass, with a super-sexy sheen, I just wanted to devour it regardless of how it stacks up in the aroma and taste stakes... an elegant, fleshy layer to the violet-and-berry-driven palate. Crazy, yes. Tasty, yes. Yvonne Lorkin, Canvas Magazine
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Percentage Alcohol



Hawkes Bay

Grape Variety

Syrah / Shiraz


New Zealand


ArrayFull-Bodied Red, Oaked Red



Food Match

ArrayBBQ, Lamb, Lentils & Pulses



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The Producer

Blank Canvas Wines is the solo project of Matt Thomson, together with his wife, Sophie Parker-Thomson. Drawing upon Matt's science-based background, his extensive experience making wines around the world, and their joint desire to show New Zealand wines to their maximum potential, Blank Canvas wines aim to make the very best Kiwi wines available.

These wines, from the Marlborough and Hawkes Bay wine regions, are ground-breaking bottles that'll challenge any preconceptions you may have about New Zealand wine.

Masterpieces in the making, highly collectable works of art - let Blank Canvas wines take you on a wine journey you'll not forget.
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Tom Cannavan Reviews

Don't just take our word for it; here's what wine writer Tom Cannavan has to say:

"In Côte-Rôtie, one of the most famous appellations of the Rhône Valley, it is very common for winemaker to blend just a touch of the fragrant white wine grape, Viognier, with Syrah, and Matt Thomson has performed the same trick here with Grüner-Veltliner, to add a little aromatic lift. The result is another firm, really rather European-style from Blank Canvas, pepper, liquorice and black cherry aromatics with a touch of cedarwood too. On the palate this has plenty of grip and edge – it’s a brisk, fairly lean and muscular style, the fruit is very good in a dry, savoury, pepper-edged style that cries out for some winter venison, roasts or slow-braised beef dishes"

The Region

Given its a relative newcomer to making wines, New Zealand is blessed with some exceptional wine regions. Most famous of all is undoubtedly Marlborough, forever linked to the runaway Kiwi wine success: Sauvignon Blanc.

This strikingly beautiful wine region is found at the northeastern tip of the south island. Whilst it's Sauvignon that's by far and away the top variety here, Chardonnay, Riesling, Grüner Veltliner, and Pinot Noir are all making some of the best New Zealand wines you'll ever taste.

Hawkes Bay, near Napier on the north island, is best known for its red wines, thanks to some top gravelly soils and ideal ripening conditions. Blank Canvas' Syrah comes from this red wine hotspot.
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Summer Sizzle

I'm looking forward to ordering more, it was delightful with our lamb roast, great peppery notes.

By Steve on 18th March 2019

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Roast Lamb with Herb Butter

Lamb is a classic match for reds with the balanced tannins and cedary flavours of the wine perfectly matching this simple, easy roast. A Hawkes Bay Syrah from New Zealand will be work perfectly.
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Venison Stew With Sage-Infused Glazed Carrots

Stew just like your Grandma used to make. A warming, earthy venison stew with a rich and decadent gravy is the perfect food match for medium to full-bodied reds. Try a bottle of Blank Canvas Syrah with a hint of oak and age, it will complement the earthy root veg and intensity of the meat and gravy.
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Mushroom Risotto with Caramelised Onions

The wholesome, rich and earthy flavours of mushroom risotto pair perfectly aged and oaked reds. As this risotto is baked it gives you the perfect opportunity to crack open a bottle of your favourite Blank Canvas Syrah from Hawkes Bay and let it breathe before serving.
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