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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Black Estate Omihi Series Chardonnay 2010

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A beautifuly balanced Chardonnay with sweetness from fruit and alcohol in perfect harmony with fruity acidity while the wine's fruit flavours are enhanced by a sensitive influence of spicy oak and bready lees character. Moderately concentrated wine with energy and drive. Serious Chardonnay at a good price. 91 points.

Bob Campbell MW, Gourmet Traveller Wine


Hand harvested between 12 – 18 April 2010

Brix 24.2 TA 8.2g/ L Harvest 7.94 Ton pH 3.20 Yield = 1.5 kg/vine

Hand harvested from 10 - 16 year old Chardonnay organically managed 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. A very good vintage in Waipara Valley for Chardonnay.



Whole bunch pressed, no settling, wild fermentation in 228L and 500L barrels (26% new) and maturation on lees. Full spring Malo-lactic fermentation. Blended to tank after 14 months.



Bottled in one lot under screw cap on 10 July 2011

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