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Blackenbrook Muscat 2010 - a First for New Zealand's South Island

Posted by Blackenbrook, Sep 19, 2010.

Blackenbrook Vineyard is thrilled to be the first vineyard in the South Island to produce
Muscat wine.

Daniel and Ursula Schwarzenbach planted 620 vines of Muscat Ottonel five years ago, in
their coastal Tasman Vineyard near Nelson.

“We love the flavours of Muscat. It’s a light-hearted, medium-dry wine, fun to make and
fun to drink. It’s floral, fragrant and easy to drink, yet it has an interesting complexity on
the palate.

Wine Commentator Neil Hodgson says as Nelson is considered a cool climate region for
grape growing, planting the vines was very much experimental, but the results have been
outstanding and reinforce this region’s ability to extract wonderful flavours from aromatic
wine varieties.

“This is a highly aromatic wine with aromas that excite the senses. It is bursting with rich,
floral Turkish delight and orange blossom aromas that are reflected in the sweet, intense
Delightfully balanced with soft minerality and tantalising ginger spice flavours in the very
long finish and the ripe acidity leaves your mouth watering for more of this luscious
delight. I will be drinking plenty of this fantastic wine in the coming summer months,” says
Neil Hodgson.

Vineyard Manager and Winemaker Daniel Schwarzenbach says it’s been a tricky grape to

“It requires a lot of attention and nurturing. It has a different growth pattern than other
varieties and is very sensitive to mildews and adverse weather over flowering. Usually
we’d have a crop after two years, but with the delicate nature of Muscat we’re pleased to
have one after five years. But the wait has been worth it: The flavours are truly amazing!”
Ursula Schwarzenbach says the reaction from those who’ve tasted this Muscat is
interesting to watch.

“They are genuinely surprised at how delicious it is. I think there’s a stigma attached to
Muscat that’s a hangover from the ‘70’s where it was presented as a syrupy-sweet still or
sparkling wine.
“This Muscat is intensely aromatic, refreshing and dangerously easy-drinking. The
sweetness is there, but it’s well balanced and the flavours of summer are more of what
comes through.”

Ursula and Daniel have a particular passion for Alsatian wine varieties and this Muscat
adds a fun element to their range of aromatics.

As with all their wines, the Muscat is 100% sustainably produced and accredited by
Sustainable Winegrowing New Zealand.

“We only produced 60 cases and we chose to keep the price reasonable at $21.90 so
we’re expecting to sell out quickly.” The wine will be available for sale in Nelson outlets or
via the Blackenbrook website.

Blackenbrook is a family vineyard located in Tasman, Nelson. Their 20 hectare block
produces 8 wine varietals, many of which have won awards. The vineyard and gravity-fed
winery are 100% sustainable. All grapes are hand-picked and gently pressed.

For more info please click here.

Daniel and Ursula Schwarzenbach
Blackenbrook Vineyard
50 Baldwin Rd
RD1 Upper Moutere 7173
Nelson - New Zealand
Phone 03 526 6888 email:



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