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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.

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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.

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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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3 organic hillside vineyards on clay limestone soils in the Waipara, N. Canterbury.

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Home Chardonnay 2014

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It is consistently one of the best South Islands Chardonnays each year; a wine with all the recognisable buttery bells and some surprisingly elegant style too.  It has a long, flavoursome finish and will age and improve for at least half a decade.

Joelle Thomson. Canvas Magazine NZ Herald

One of the most consistently excellent chardonnay labels, this barrel-fermented offering (9% new oak) is another gorgeous wine from this top-notch producer...Seamless mouthfeel, backed by perfectly integrated acidity. Long and stylish. 5 Stars

 

Sam Kim , Wine Orbit

This should have the words "one helluva" before "Waipara chardonnay" - because it's stonkingly good.  Super juicy flavours of yellow plum, grapefruit sorbet, peach gelato and hints of coconutty, lemony sweetness.  It's fresh and tangy up front, followed by a layer of creamy, cashew like characters cloaked in cinnamon-toast notes

Joelle Thomson , Canvas , New Zealand Herald

Gunsmoked cheddar, lemon spritz and coconut shavings provide the perfect hook to open wide and drink deep all the angular richness of mango skins, lace, and green pineapple core that’s held inside the glass.

Life and Style - The Guardian

Bloody delicious stuff, managing to combine creaminess with bright, zestyflavours. This is reminiscent of peach melba, nougat and lemon with an uplifting finish.  90/100

Rebecca Gibb

A tight, elegant, distinctly cool-climate style. Still very youthful, it has crisp, citrusy, slightly biscuity flavours, showing good vigour and complexity. 4 stars

Michael Cooper

Vineyard

Grown on our 3.8 hectare home vineyard located in the Omihi sub-district of Waipara Valley, North Canterbury. This is a north facing sedimentary clay fan on a gentle hill side slope. The soils are mainly Awapuni clay with Calcium carbonate deposits. The un-grafted Mendoza Chardonnay vines were planted in 1994 at a vine density of 1841 vines per hectare. The vineyard was irrigated once in 1998.

Harvest

Hand harvested on March 21, 28 and April 4, 2014

Harvest 9.7 Ton Yield = 1.38kg/vine Brix 22.0-22.6
TA 8.5-9.2g/L

pH 3.18-3.25

Fermentation

Whole bunch pressed, no settling, fermentation with yeast propagated from a vineyard starter, in 228L, 500L, and 600L tight grained French casks (1-5 year old, 9% new) and maturation on lees. Full spring Malo-lactic fermentation. Blended to tank after 8 months.

Bottled

733 (12 x 750ml) cases bottled in one lot under screw cap on 4 December 2014

R.S 3.7 g/L
TA 6.0 g/L
pH 3.27
Dry extract 24.9g/L Alcohol 13.0%

Season

After a mild winter bud burst was early in the season. Good spring rain and warmth allowed canopy growth to develop rapidly. Flowering occurred a week early and completed evenly with good fruit set. In February a tornado attempted to remove the vineyard nets but they were diligently reapplied by our vineyard team. Intermittent rain in March freshened canopies but made us aware of the threat of heightened disease pressure. Harvest commenced at the end of March and with rainfall forecast our picking crews worked tirelessly to get fruit off the vines and into the winey. The early and mid-season warmth is captured in the wines from the harvest with delicate and ripe fruit complemented by fresh and lingering minerality and lower than previously possible alcohol.

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