At Fresh Choice Nelson we love local products and local producers! We’re fortunate to be surrounded with hardworking locals who turn out beautiful food and beverage. This week our wine writer Neil Hodgson is back, and he’s focusing on one of our fabulous local wine producers Blackenbrook Vineyards, owned by Daniel and Ursula Schwarzenbach… Take it away Neil…
Daniel and Ursula of Blackenbrook Vineyards have a total focus on quality in everything they do; that’s from the vineyard to the bottle. Absolutely everything that goes into putting a bottle of wine on the shelf is managed minutely by them at their delightful hillside site above the Tasman village.
Careful wine making, using processes that are gentle on the fruit that has been lovingly and superbly nurtured in their vineyards for each variety.
We expect Sauvignon Blanc to be fresh and lively with lovely tropical fruit and capsicum-like flavours, the Blackenbrook examples of this variety deliver these characters but with juicy acidity and a brightness often missing from some versions.
Pinot Gris is another variety that can be a bit disappointing when it is over-cropped and treated as a cash crop, but at Blackenbrook Vineyards, Daniel and Ursula treat the variety with respect, resulting in a wine that may be easy to drink but has that purity of flavour we have come to expect, it is a refined wine with elegance while still retaining wonderful fruit characters.
Another thing to love about Blackenbrook Vineyards is the price point, they deliver incredible value for money and that is why they are some of the most popular wines on the shelves at Fresh Choice Nelson.
Locals supporting locals is a wonderful thing, so next time you want a wine that is truly expressive of the variety you want, look for a Blackenbrook Vineyards wine.