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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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Black Estate Omihi Series Pinot Noir 2011

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This is the first wine I've tasted from Spye Omihi: a hillside vineyard with clay and limestone soils first planted in 1999. Intense, taut and chalky/minerally pinot noir with restrained plum and dark cherry flavours. Fascinating wine with power and considerable length. A thoroughbred red with excellent cellaring potential.  95 Points Gold Ribbon

Bob Campbell MW, Gourmet Traveller

5 Stars. Beautifully elegant and perfumed, the bouquet shows dark cherry, plum, game and savoury mushroom characters. It's ripe and rounded on the palate with excellent mid palate weight and texture. Stylish and refreshing. Grapes were grown on their vineyard at Spye in the Omihi district which was planted in 1999. At its best: now to 2020.

Sam Kim for Wine Orbit

Silky, smooth, dense and full bodied, elegant and long… a must try.

Joelle Thomson

This is a beautifully vibrant and aromatic Pinot Noir with fine balance and fresh, detailed flavours. Serve with duck and pork over the next 6-8 years. 

Raymond Chan

Harvest

Hand harvested March 31- April 18, 2011.

Harvest 6.3 Ton Yield = 1.4 kg/vine Brix 24.5 TA 7.6g/ L pH 3.48

Hand harvested from 12 year old vines grown on clay loam overlying fractured limestone and sandstone soils.

 

Season

After a cool start to the growing season, we experienced warm settled weather through flowering.

This resulted in a good fruit set and balanced yields. Warm summer temperatures allowed even ripening and intermittent rain events prevented the onset of drought and avoided undue vine stress. The flexibility of our picking crews meant harvest could be undertaken between any autumn rain events and ensured that the hand selected fruit reached optimum ripeness.

 

Vineyard

Fruit for this Pinot Noir is sourced from our vineyard at Spye, Omihi in the north of Waipara Valley, North Canterbury. This hillside vineyard was planted in 1999 on clay and limestone rich soils. These soils are very dense brown to orange in colour and inter bedded with sandstones and subordinate limestone horizons. This 5 hectare hillside vineyard is steep in parts and has a vine density of more than 5000 vine per hectare.

Fermentation

95% De-stemmed, with 5% foot crushing. 4 days cold soak at ambient temperature. 11 days wild fermentation in open top vats. Hand or foot plunged one to 2 times per day. Pressed after 28- 45 days and drained to tight grained French barrels of which 12% were new. Malolactic fermentation was completed in spring. 12 months barrel maturation.

 

Bottled

Bottled in one lot under screw cap on 25 July 2012.

R. S. 0.42 g/L TA 4.5 g/L pH 3.90 Dry extract Alcohol 14.0% 28.7g/L