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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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Pinot Noir 2012

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The mouthfeel is sweetfruited,smooth and silky with very fine tannins.  This is an elegantly concentrated, silkytextured and complex, savoury flavoured Pinot Noir.  18.5+/20

Raymond Chan

A terrific pinot offering abundance of dark fruit flavours with gorgeous truffle, spice and thyme complexity...

 concentrated and velvety ... finishing impressively long and

expansive. A magnificent wine of power, grace and poise. 95 points

Sam Kim Wine Orbit

floral with violets and pot pourri...spicy savory notes, becoming tarry, earthy and foresty...wild cherries and pomegranate fruits. The palate has supple yet assertive tannins, lots of energy, long intense fruit flavors, blue plums and juicy tannin clip to close. 92

Nick Stock - jamessuckling.com

Full of personality, it is ruby-hued and very harmonious, with ripe cherry and nut flavours, finely textured, complex, savoury and silky. Delicious drinking now onwards. 4.5 stars
 

Michael Cooper

A lovely nose of crushed cranberries, pomegranate and mulberries and hints of forest floor, lavender and chargrill…. great elegance and freshness with tons or red berry, herbal and savoury characters, finishing with just enough tannic grip to support.  91.

Lisa Perrotti-Brown.

 

Wine

Deep ruby hue. Aromas of Red cherry, tamarillo, fertile earth, and vanilla, with and underlying spice and white mineral note. The pallet is silken with emerging fine grain tannin providing great tension and mouth feel. The fine acidity gives a persistent mineral line that lingers in the pallet allowing time to explore and contemplate the subtle and elegant nature of the wine. Drink now until 2021.

 

 

Vineyard

This Black Estate Pinot Noir was grown on our 3.8 hectare vineyard located 6 kilometres north East of the Waipara Junction, 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 loam with calcium carbonate deposits. The un-grafted 10-5 Pinot Noir vines were planted in 1994 at a vine density of 1841 vines per hectare. The vineyard was irrigated once in 1998.

 

 

Season

A cool growing season with intermittent rain events allowed healthy canopy growth and long slow ripening. A period of rain during flowering limited fruit set resulting in low yields. Mild temperatures and dry conditions held through autumn and allowed the grapes for this wine to slowly reach the desired ripeness. Hand harvest could be undertaken the moment rich flavours’ and crisp acidity were in balance.

 

 

Harvest

Hand Harvested from April 13 to 27 2012.

Yield = 1.7kg/vine   Brix 22.8 - 23.5  TA 8.25g/L pH 3.27

 

 

Winemaking

Hand harvested fruit was 92% de-stemmed (8% whole cluster) and 10% foot crushed giving an average 61% whole berries. Inoculated using a vineyard starter the wine fermented for 28 to 42 days in 0.5 to 2.0 ton open top fermenters. The vats were plunged using hand and foot two times per day during the peak of ferment. Each vat was pressed individually using a basket press. The wines were matured in 228L French Barrels for 12 months, 0% were new. The wines were then blended and settled in tank and then bottled without fining or filtration.

Bottled in one lot under screw cap on October 24 2013. R.S 1.38 g/L TA 5.0 g/L  PH 3.88 Dry extract 28.8/L

Alcohol 13.0

2012 Season report