Brancott Estate unveils ‘matrix’ sculpture in vineyard

Brancott Estate unveils ‘matrix’ sculpture in vineyard

New Zealand producer Brancott Estate has revealed the result of its design collaboration with New York-based Studio Dror.

New Zealand wine group Brancott Estate has unveiled a sculpture in its vineyards created by New York-based designer Dror Benshetrit.

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Dror’s matrix-like structure in the Brancott Vineyard. Credit: Brancott Estate.

Studio Dror’s eight-metre high sculpture lies in the middle of Sauvignon Blanc vineyards in Marlborough. The sculpture is called ‘Under/standing’.

It is made from 52 individual components that lock together once the matrix-like structure is erected into a standing position; intended to represent the complexity of winemaking and the ‘vineyard’s ongoing transformation’.

It is the latest of several collaborations between wineries and artists and designers.

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Dror’s sculpture in among the vines in Brancott Vineyard, Marlborough. Credit: Brancott Estate.

New York-based Studio Dror is led by Tel Aviv-born designer Dror Benshetrit, who has previously been named in the ‘power 200’ of Wallpaper magazine.

He is known for his innovative work with structures; in particular, a structural joint system named QuaDror. He visited Brancott in 2014 to get inspiration for the project.

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Limited edition wines have been created to coincide with the sculpture launch. Credit: Brancott Estate.

As part of the collaboration, Brancott’s chief winemaker, Patrick Materman, has created a limited edition wine range named Reflection and including a Sauvignon Blanc/Sauvignon Gris 2016 blend and a Pinot Noir 2015.

The wines will be available at the Brancott Estate Heritage Centre, via the Brancott Estate Wine Club ( and in New Zealand Travel Retail for NZ$60 for the  Sauvignon $80 for the Pinot Noir.

Brancott is owned by French drinks group Pernod Ricard and was one of the first to produce Sauvignon Blanc in New Zealand.

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