Lime, citrus peel, honey and spiced apple, white mineral and hazelnut aroma. The palate is broad and dense, balanced with fine and crisp minerality. A rich and salivating wine of ripe nectarine, lime, and baked apple. Powerful but delicate. Drink now to 2020
- 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.
The Tasting Room & Eatery
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Harvest has finished, pruning has begun. Frosty mornings are rolling in and the air is still and quiet (inbetween the odd southerly). We're relaxing after the intense growing season. Read Nicholas' report on the 2014 vintage here. We close the Tasting Room & Eatery on 19 July and re-open on 20 August. See you soon.
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.
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.
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
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.
Rose is often regarded as a light and frivolous style but this Waipara wine is sophisticated while retaining a pleasing lightness of touch. It's off-dry with a complex fruit, good texture and length and lovely balance.
An almost Beaujolais-esque rose thanks to a lot of carbonic maceration. It's bright raspberry pink in color and oozes bright blue fruits, bitter orange and black pepper spice. It's spritzy, lively, linear and fresh. Made from 40 percent chardonnay and 60 percent pinot noir, picked on the same day and 100% whole bunch fermented.
A little more weight and richness than the regular Chardonnay label but with a similar core of mineral, nectarine and grapefruit. There is perhaps a little more bran biscuit, oak and brioche/yeast influence.
Flavoursome wine with an impeccable balance and good length of flavour.
93 Points 5 Stars
The 2013 vintage (5*) was estate-grown, hand-picked at 23.7 brix from 18-year-old vines, and fermented with indigenous yeasts in French oak barriques and puncheons (15 percent new). Bright, light yellow, with a slightly smoky bouquet, it is rich and youthful, with fresh acidity threaded through its concentrated, vibrant, peachy flavours, which show excellent drive, complexity and length. Full of potential, it should be at its best 2016+.
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 strong bouquet with a mineral and soil driven beginning laced with aromas of light red fruits, barrel spices and noticeable complexity; the palate suggests a very youthful wine still in the throws of bringing together the attributes of a fine wine - medium+ fine tannins, medium+ acidity and a taut, tense and poised moment mid palate with more light red fruits a highlight. these finer points will merge and show harmony in 2-3 years. A lovely example, well made and with 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.
"Concentrated aromas of savoury red berry fruits intermixed with soft earthy elements piquant dark red cherry fruit and dried herbs. Medium-bodied, finely concentrated and complex flavours of red berry fruits, savoury herb and earth feature at the core of the palate. The mouthfeel is sweetfruited,smooth and silky with very fine tannins in support. This is an elegantly concentrated, silkytextured and complex, savoury flavoured Pinot Noir. Match with mushroom dishes, wild duck, pork and hare over the next 5-7 years.
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.
The debut 2013 vintage was grown on a south-facing block in the Netherwood Vineyard at Omihi, planted in 1986 and now leased by Black Estate. 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.