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
Listening to Eyes in My Smoke by Dean & Britta
Wednesday - Sunday
(Closed from 19 July and reopen on 20 August).
+643 314 6085
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.
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 bouquet of dark cherry, red forest fruits, spice, and fresh earth. Dense and structured, with substantial mouth feel and length of flavour.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.