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.
Fresh rich bouquet of lemon zest, ripe pineapple, ginger, and white freisa blossom.
A bouquet of dark cherry, red forest fruits, spice, and fresh earth. Dense and structured, with substantial mouth feel and length of flavour.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.