Pale ruby hue with a complex and crisp bouquet of plum, raspberry, tabacco. The palate is medium weight, crisp with refreshing plum stone, cranberry, blood orange flavours and lingering hints of sesame seed and tamarillo.
- Hectares Planted.
- Wine Produced.
- Pinot Noir, Chardonnay & Riesling
- Estate (1994), Netherwood (1986) and 'Vineyard at Spye' (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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It's summer, hit the beach. There was a warm sunny start to the growing season, then unseasonal rain and now we have a vital, very green vineyard with happy fruit set. Shoot thinning is on going and the vines are trimmed.
Just released and tasting notes will follow. Fine, complex, with the hallmark Black Estate texture, spice, minerality and weight. True to the place.
Fresh rich bouquet of lemon zest, ripe pineapple, ginger, and white freisa blossom.
Pale straw/white gold hue. A complex bouquet of subtle spice and toasted brioche, white peach, nectarine, poor mans orange, and almond meal.
A bouquet of dark cherry, red forest fruits, spice, and fresh earth. Dense and structured, with substantial mouth feel and length of flavour.
Pale straw/white gold hue. Complex and integrated bouquet of white floral, grapefruit, lemon honey, brioche and hazelnut.
Deep ruby hue. A complex and dynamic bouquet with aromas of forest fruits, blueberry, violets, exotic spice, and chalk.
Very distinctive wine that reflects its limestone-rich soils and hillside vineyard site. The wine has weight and energy with an ethereal texture that urges you to have another glass. Classy Chardonnay made with a light touch. 93 points. 5 stars.
Talcum powder, white flowers and white stoned fruit ... There’s also a high level of sulfites – but in a good white Bordeaux struck match way. Linear structure, taut, focused. 93.
A very elegant wine with an invitingly fresh and complex bouquet, it is peachy, slightly buttery and nutty, with lively acidity and a hint of butterscotch. Showing excellent delicacy and depth, it's a drink now or cellaring proposition.
5 Stars, 96/100. This is the first wine I've tasted from Spye Omihi: a hillside vineyard with clay and limestone soils first planted in 1999. Intense, taut and chalky/minerally pinot noir with restrained plum and dark cherry flavours. Fascinating wine with power and considerable length. A thoroughbred red with excellent cellaring potential.
Still a baby, it is full-bodied, with strong, lemony, slightly spicy flavours, hints of honey and marmalade, and a crisp, tightly structured finish. Showing good intensity and plenty of personality, it should be at its best 2015+.
Deeply coloured, mouthfilling and generous, it has dense, ripe plum and spice flavours, with a firm backbone of tannin. Very sturdy and savoury, it lacks a bit of softness and charm in its youth, but should be long-lived; open 2015+.
5 Stars. 94 Points. Scented wine with the appealing aroma of ripe plums. Fleshy palate with a reasonably silken texture although fine tannins restrain any excess fruit sweetness. Lovely rich wine with an array of red and dark fruit flavours together with mineral, spice and nutty oak.
Light lemon straw. Bouquet shows a lot of barrel-ferment, lees-autolysis and winemaking artefact characters, rather drowning the hoped-for beauty of the pure variety. On palate there is good fruit, high acid, noticeable toasty oak, and MLF and lees-autolysis characters all yet to marry up. Hard to drink, therefore. Alongside the definitive Keltern wine. Cellar 2 – 8 years. GK 05/13
The wine is... immediately appealing on the nose displaying mandarin, apple, peach and flinty aromas, leading to a juicy palate that's elegant and vibrant with a hint of sweetness and racy acidity. It's flavoursome, well structured and superbly long on the finish. At its best: now to 2020. $24.00.
Impressively complex on the nose showing dark cherry, game, floral and elegantly infused cedary oak characters, leading to a succulent palate filled with rich texture and delicious flavours. It's velvety and very long on the finish. Grapes were sourced from 17-year-old vines grown on their hillside vineyard (calcareous clay soils) in the Omihi district. At its best: now to 2022.
5 Stars. Beautifully elegant and perfumed, the bouquet shows dark cherry, plum, game and savoury mushroom characters. It's ripe and rounded on the palate with excellent mid palate weight and texture. Stylish and refreshing. Grapes were grown on their vineyard at Spye in the Omihi district which was planted in 1999. At its best: now to 2020.
Flavoursome Riesling with a mix of mineral and citrus with riper tree fruit/apricot characters. Good intensity, purity and length. Classy wine with development potential.
One of the most intriguing local rosés I've tried to date made from chardonnay and pinot noir grown side by side in Black Estate's Netherwood vineyard. These were also fermented together to produce this delicious and deeply coloured dry rosé, with its robust palate of green apple and darker berry fruit overlaid with toasty spicy notes.
Much more mineral on the nose than the 2010 but still very fine citrus. More spicy and savoury on the palate. Salty finish
Big but beautiful; fresh and complex made from the hillside vineyard
Silky, smooth, dense and full bodied, elegant and long… a must try.
A bright, lifted, raspberry-fruited rosé with a fresh, racy, mouthwatering palate. Match with antipasto and canapés over the next 18 months to 2 years.
Omihi Road in Waipara is legenadary for being a special grape-growing area. This rose is atypical, a blend of pinot and chardonnay co-fermented (together, not seperately then blended). Drinking now or good until 2016. With aromas of plum, raspberry and tabacco, it's with cranberry and blood orange flavours with a touch of tamarillo.... gorgeous.
An elegantly concentrated and soft-textured dry Riesling with complex minerally interest. Serve as an aperitif and with seafood over the next 4 to 5+ years.
A full-bodied, mouthfilling Chardonnay with citrus and buttery flavours and plenty of raciness. Match with grilled seafood and poultry over the next 4+ years.
An elegant, fine-featured Chardonnay complete with detail and power, in the burgundian style. Match with seafood, poultry, pork and veal over the next 5+ years.
This is a fulsome and densely concentrated, black-fruited Pinot Noir with complex savoury layers and plenty of structure. Serve with slow-cooked red meats and coq au vin over the next 7-8+ years.
This is a beautifully vibrant and aromatic Pinot Noir with fine balance and fresh, detailed flavours. Serve with duck and pork over the next 6-8 years.