2018 Blank Canvas Gimblett Gravels 'Element' Syrah

2018 Blank Canvas Gimblett Gravels &

2018 Blank Canvas Gimblett Gravels 'Element' Syrah

Hawkes bay, Auckland, New Zealand, 750ml
空白畫布酒莊 - 吉布利特區元素西拉子
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空白畫布酒莊 - 吉布利特區元素西拉子


18 Points "Deepest crimson. Wildly peppery aroma with the fabulous perfume that I associate with the northern Rhône, all stony dark fruit and peonies. Just very slightly and attractively reductive, as top-notch Syrah tends to be. This is stunning: the best Blank Canvas Syrah I have tasted and likely to age well into serious complexity. It is deep but not at all sweet-fruited, dark-fruited, savoury, tarry, complex and has immense length. Just shows how well Syrah is suited to this region of NZ." Julia Harding MW | JancisRobinson.com 27/01/22

96 Points - Outstanding "This is a single vineyard expression of Syrah, 60% whole cluster and co-fermented with a small portion of Gruner Veltliner skins. Matured for 14 months in new and seasoned French oak.

The resulting wine showcases aromas of spices and black fruits, crushed black currant berries and raspberry, violets, clove and toasty barrel scents. A complex and intriguing bouquet, quite powerful and very youthful. On the palate - delicious! Flavours of black fruits and currants, wild berries and spices from barrel and fruit, licorice and clove, some meat moments, pepper and iron-like stony soil qualities. Complex, lengthy and still rather youthful. Decant for service if you must, but best left till late 2022 then enjoy through 2030+." Cameron Douglas MS

96 Points - (Top 3 New Zealand Syrah 2018) 'From the smallest vineyard in the Gimblett Gravels subregion. Co-fermented with 7% grüner veltliner skins for colour stability, complexity of tannin and a spicy, aromatic lift. The wine certainly has a great depth of colour with rich, ripe flavours including Black Doris plum, liquorice, cocoa powder, mocha and a suggestion of violet. A generously proportioned wine with an appealingly supple texture. Should age well' Drink 2021 - 2030 Bob Campbell MW, The Real Review 4/3/2021

17+ Points - "Tasted blind. Potent nose that combines rich red fruit with a reductive flinty note plus loads of peppery fragrance. Powerful on the palate, both in structure and fruit, although there is no excess in evidence, and the finish is refreshing. Stylish and dense, with more complexity surely in store." Drink 2021 - 2028 - Richard Hemming MW for JancisRobinson.com Date tasted 2019-12-19 

  • Alcohol %: 13%
  • Decant Time: 60 minutes
  • Taste: Bold, Structured, Dark fruit, Pepper, Earthy
  • Food Matching: Grilled lamb chops, Beef brisket, Mushroom risotto, Aged hard cheeses
  • Grape Variety: Syrah : 100%,


Tasting note


The 2018 Blank Canvas 'Element' Syrah from the renowned Gimblett Gravels appellation in New Zealand is a testament to the art of winemaking. This bold and structured wine exudes a symphony of dark fruit flavors, intertwined with hints of pepper and an earthy complexity. With a moderate alcohol content of 13%, it is both approachable and profound. Decanting for an hour allows its intricate layers to unfold, making it an ideal companion to grilled lamb chops or a hearty beef brisket. Its robust profile also pairs beautifully with a creamy mushroom risotto or a selection of aged hard cheeses.

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