Welcome back to our Fresh Choice Nelson wine aficionado, Neil Hodgson. This week Neil writes about a firm local favourite, Blackenbrook wine. Take it away Neil…
The Blackenbrook Story
For 2019 the Grocer at Fresh Choice Nelson has asked me to write about some of the outstanding local producers he supports. In turn, these producers support his goal of bringing the very best products to you at the very best prices.
One wine producer he has had a long and successful relationship is Blackenbrook Wines. The Grocer knows he can rely on their wines to deliver the purity of varietal flavours that make their wines so special.
When Daniel and Ursula Swarzenbach moved to Nelson in 1998 Daniel worked as winemaker at Seifried Estate. At the same time, he and Ursula searched for the perfect site to plant their own vineyards. When they bought a piece of rolling hillside land at Tasman overlooking the estuary, they set about establishing the vineyard. Daniel continued to work as a winemaker.
Working long days at one job and then coming home to work even longer hours in their own vineyard showed how this couple are prepared to work incredibly hard with a determined focus to produce the very best wines they can.
From the very first post they put in the ground to designing and building their environmentally friendly winery, the Blackenbrook vineyard was designed to extract the best from each variety. They use growing and processing techniques that have as little impact on the environment and the fruit as possible.
The attention to detail in everything they do means the grapes can express the varietal purity that is a hallmark of all their wines.
Blackenbrook @ Fresh Choice Nelson
Even with the attention to detail, they manage to get the wines in your glass at very affordable prices. This is thanks to the great relationship they have with the Grocer at Fresh Choice Nelson.
Wines like the Blackenbrook chardonnay and the Blackenbrook Pinot Noir Rose, are both $19.99, a saving of $5. Blackenbrook Sauvignon Blanc is $16.99. All express beautiful ripe flavours with complexity coming from the soils in the vineyard rather than lots of winemaker influence.
Pop a bottle or two in your shopping trolley when you next visit Fresh Choice Nelson, and you won’t be disappointed.