The Home Vineyard is located 6 kilometres north east of the Waipara Junction, in the Omihi sub-district of Waipara Valley, North Canterbury. The slope is a north facing sedimentary clay fan on a gentle hill side slope. The soils are mainly Awapuni clay loam with calcium carbonate deposits.

The vineyard was planted by the late Russell and Kimiko Black. The Pinot Noir was planted in a 3.8 ha block. Un-grafted predominantly 10-5 clone and were planted in 1994 at a vine density of 1841 vines per hectare. The vineyard was irrigated once in 1998.

The Chardonnay grows in the adjacent 3.8ha block. Un-grafted Mendoza Chardonnay vines were planted in 1994 at a vine density of 1841 vines per hectare.

Organic and Biodynamic practices have been used since 2010. Certified with BioGro.


Damsteep Vineyard (formally Spye) is located in the north east of Waipara Valley at the foot of the Omihi Saddle, 10km north of our Home Vineyard. Riesling and Pinot Noir grow here with vine density of more than 5000 vine per hectare.

Pinot Noir is grown on a 5 hectare north east facing slope, with an altitude between 140 to 180 meters above sea level. The vines here were planted in 1999 and grow on clay overlying fractured limestone and sandstone soils.
The Riesling vineyard is 2.2 ha and lies on a north facing slope below the pinot noir. The soil is in very dense brown/ orange clay and inter bedded with sandstones and subordinate limestone horizons.

Organic and Biodynamic practices have been used since 2010. Certified with BioGro.


Planted by Russell Black and Daniel Schuster in 1986 at a vine density of 5000 vines per hectare. Netherwood’s soils are classified as Waipara Greensand which is a green grey richly glauconitic sandstone.

Pinot Noir cuttings were planted here on their own roots and established and farmed without irrigation. The Chardonnay block is 0.8 hectares and was planted in 1986 on a south facing hillside. The vines are mass selection and thought to be cuttings of Mendoza Chardonnay. The vine density should be 5000 vines per hectare but half of them are Pinot Noir so it is hard to tell.

Organic and Biodynamic practices have been used since 2012. Certified with BioGro.


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Chardonnay 2010

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The 2010 Black Estate Chardonnay...whilst opulent and rich on the nose with aromas of rock melon, grapefruit and nectarine, the palate is tight and focussed with the powerful fruit flavours harnessed by mouthwatering acidity. The texture is silky and creamy and the long, lingering finish has just a wee hint of cedar and sweet spice. I like it very much. 

Jane Skilton MW

Really intense citrus but with a mealy overlay. Some very ripe grapefruit too. A touch smoky (reduction?). On the palate, rich but dry textured and a light grip. Creamy rather than oaky on the palate. Site and clone give this phenolic texture, apparently. Lovely texture and freshness. Depth of fruit. Very long.

Julia Harding MW


Hand harvested between 14 and 20 April 2010

Harvest 8.62 Ton Yield = 1.2 kg/vine
Brix 24.0 TA 8.4g/ L pH 3.6

Hand harvested from 16 year old Mendoza Chardonnay vines grown on calcareous clay soils. A cool but long growing season in Waipara Valley. Successful negotiation of spring frosts then a cool spring that delayed canopy formation. Summer did not arrive much to the dismay of beach goers. Beautiful weather over harvest. Harvest commenced at optimum ripeness, no disease pressure. Our best Chardonnay fruit to date.



Whole bunch pressed, light settling, wild fermentation in 228L and 500L barrels (36% new) and maturation on lees. Full spring Malo-lactic fermentation. Blended to tank after 11 months.


Bottled in one lot under screw cap on March 10 2011
R. S < 2.1 g/L TA 6.1 g/L pH 3.70 Dry extract 26.0g/L

Alcohol 14%