An accident waiting to happen. Chardonnay and Pinot Noir are mixed up in a small corner of the vineyard. We picked red and white together and fermented them as one, skins and all. The union is bold and complete with spice, texture and freshness.
- Hectares Planted.
- Wine Produced.
- Pinot Noir, Chardonnay & Riesling
- Estate (1994), Netherwood (1986) and Damsteep Vineyard (1999)
- Various limestone and clay-limestone soils, dense
- Warm days, cool nights
- Gentle & guiding
- Intense and hands on
- The Naish Family
There's Nicholas, he's the winemaker and married to Penelope, who looks after the business. Penelope's twin sister, Jo, helps on the sales front. With their parents Rod and Stacey, the family owns Black Estate. Together they grow wine, talk about the weather and fight the good fight.
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We've tied all the canes down in each of our three vineyards, and for the first time, the canes in our four year old block. Frosts have been fought and now warm weather is encouraging steady growth. We're shoot thinning with gusto, preparing an even canopy and keeping on the key shoots. The undervine culivator is lifting all the weeds - full of energy too. Our busiest season in the vineyards.
Lime, ginger, lemon grass, white florals, and grapefruit with hints of wet white rock on the nose. Dense, and textural in the mouth, with lime, grapefruit, nectarine, almond and honey characters. The underlying acidity lengthens the pallet weight freshening with chalky minerality. Dry. Drink now to 2020.
Only 56 cases made from Netherwood - a unique 28 year old vineyard 5km north of Black Estate. A bouquet of white flowers, grapefruit hazelnut and almond. Supple and broad peach with a sandy fresh line of citrus. Mineral.
A unique and rare wine. Drink now to 2018.
Red cherry, tamarillo, fertile earth, and vanilla on the nose, with underlying spice and mineral notes. Fine tannin provides tension and the plate is silken and full. There's a persistant mineral line that lingers allowing time to explore and contemplate the subtle and elegant nature of the wine.
A complex and exotic bouquet of red and black forest fruits, dark fertile earth, spice and white mineral rock. The pallet is characteristically silken and expansive, with dark fruit and dense concentrated tannin. The wine has delicious lingering flavour length. Drink now to 2020
Full-coloured, with a fragrant bouquet of dried herbs, olives and spices, it is softly mouthfilling, sweet-fruited and supple, with a subtle oak influence and rich, cherryish, plummy flavours, savoury and complex. Delicious drinking from mid-2014 onwards.
Scented, supple Pinot Noir with black cherry, plum, wood smoke and a distinctive cut of chalky minerality. Elegant and appealing wine in an accessible style but with obvious cellaring potential.
A fine wine - medium+ fine tannins, medium+ acidity and a taut, tense and poised moment mid palate with more light red fruits a highlight. A lovely example, well made and medium+ finish.
Already quite expressive, the bright, light yellow 2013 vintage is fleshy and dryish, with strong, citrusy, faintly honeyed flavours, fresh, lively acidity and a slightly spicy finish. Drink now or cellar.
Big, bold Riesling in an off/dry style with a moderately deep colour and lush flavour profile that suggests some botrytis influence. Apricot, honey, peach and mango are among the more obvious flavours.
The mouthfeel is sweetfruited,smooth and silky with very fine tannins. This is an elegantly concentrated, silkytextured and complex, savoury flavoured Pinot Noir. 18.5+/20
This is the first chardonnay from the site in a decade, with ripe peach fruit and a rich mealy character, counterpoised by a bright line of citrus and mineral.
A rare wine (53 cases only). Pale straw, it is weighty and fleshy, with very youthful, ripe, stonefruit-like flavours, a hint of spice, excellent depth and obvious potential. 4.5 stars.
Fans of Black Estate chardonnay will love this latest rendition. It's elegant yet powerful with notes of nectarine, ripe citrus, brioche and vanillin oak, combined with concentrated palate that's creamy and textured, beautifully structured by firm acidity. It's youthful and delightfully appealing. At its best: now to 2022. 94 points