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COLLABORATION UNFOLDS AT BRANCOTT VINEYARD

WHEN WINE & DESIGN MEET

2 WINES, 3 YEARS & 52 PIECES OF STEEL

Standing proud at eight metres tall is a new addition to Brancott Vineyard.

Where we first planted Marlborough’s first Sauvignon Blanc, Brancott Vineyard is now home to a permanent installation by New York-based designer, Dror Benshetrit. Titled Under/standing and composed of cutting-edge geometry, Dror’s intricate, volumetric sculpture fuses art and science - a direct reflection of our artful winemaking process and commitment to innovation.

Brancott Estate Chief Winemaker, Patrick Materman notes: “Understanding the science behind winemaking has given us the tools we need to express ourselves creatively through our wine. This shared use of science to create art is what inspired us to work with Dror Benshetrit, whose combined love of geometry and structure is clear in his work.”

CRANES, CHAINS & THE SCULPTURE TAKES SHAPE

The structure being lifted  The structure being lifted in place  The installation standing proud

UNDER/STANDING IN ITS FINAL POSITION

Inspired by a visit to Brancott Estate in 2014, Dror’s eight-metre-high installation is comprised of 52 individual components that locked together once the flat matrix unfolded. The intricate piece offers multiple perspectives based on your vantage point; viewed from afar, it appears as though it has risen from the ground in the same orientation as the grapevines, whereas up close, the viewer is immersed in its beautiful complexity.

“After visiting Brancott Estate and meeting Patrick, I was struck by the level of care and detail that goes into a single bottle of wine - from cultivation of the vines and harvesting of the grapes through to the fermentation, blending and bottling,” explains Dror. “I wanted to encapsulate that detailed process in a design that both responded to the landscape and symbolised the vineyard’s ongoing transformation.”

Looking through the sculpture  Looking to the sky through the sculpture  The sculpture in its final resting place on Brancott Vineyard

As Dror was inspired by the winemaking philosophy of Brancott Estate, so too was Patrick by the installation's design - and from this he crafted a range of limited-edition wines entitled Reflection.

“One of the elements of Dror’s designs that really resonated with me was how they can be viewed both as a single object and as multiple, interconnected components working together,” says Patrick. “This inspired me to craft wines using multiple individual parcels which all maintain their integrity but also combine into a perfectly-balanced, harmonious wine.”

The limited-edition Reflection range includes a Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc/Sauvignon Gris 2016 blend and a Marlborough Pinot Noir 2015. The packaging for the range is designed by Dror and reflects the Under/standing sculpture. The limited-edition range and the installation join the wine rack Present, which was released in 2015 when Brancott Estate first collaborated with Dror.

Under/standing sculpture on Brancott Vineyard  Looking through the sculpture on Brancott Vineyard  The sculpture on Brancott Vineyard from a distance

Under/standingcan be viewed from Brancott Estate Cellar Door & Restaurant - and the two Brancott Estate Reflection limited-edition wines are available to purchase from the cellar door (along with the wine rack Present), via the Brancott Estate Wine Club and New Zealand duty free outlets. The Sauvignon Blanc/Sauvignon Gris blend is priced at $60 (NZD) and the Pinot Noir is available for $80 (NZD).

If you're in New Zealand or planning a trip here, make sure to visit the vineyard to experience the impressive sculpture up close. It can also be enjoyed as part of the wide vineyard vista from the terrace of Brancott Estate Cellar Door & Restaurant, 180 Brancott Road, Marlborough.

The sculpture on Brancott Vineyard