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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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Damsteep Pinot Noir 2012

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Full-coloured, with a fragrant bouquet of dried herbs, olives and spices, it is softly mouthfilling, sweet-fruited and supple, with a subtle oak influence and rich, cherryish, plummy flavours, savoury and complex. Delicious drinking now onwards.  4.5 stars 

Michael Cooper www.michaelcooper.co.nz

Scented, supple Pinot Noir with black cherry, plum, wood smoke and a distinctive cut of chalky minerality. Elegant and appealing wine in an accessible style but with obvious cellaring potential.  95 Points  Gold Ribbon

Bob Campbell BobsWineReviews.com

A fine wine - medium+ fine tannins, medium+ acidity and a taut, tense and poised moment mid palate with more light red fruits a highlight. A lovely example, well made  and medium+ finish.

Cameron Douglas MS

Dark cherry, spice, touch of sap, rose oil perfume. Medium bodied, some bitterness, cola and compact tannin, good flavour, but feels rolled up as a young wine. 91 points

Wine Front

This is soothing, complex and beautifully savoury, displaying lifted aromas of game, earthy mushroom, dark

berry and dried herb. It is beautifully rounded on the palate and delivers flowing mouthfeel and fine, polished

tannins.  94 points

Sam Kim Wine Orbit

Attractive fragrances here of purple fruits, purple flowers, plenty of spices, roast duck and a layer of pepper, too. The palate has compact layered tannins, sweet fruit flavors, toasty spices and the right mix of fleshy fruit.  Score 94

 

Nick Stock - jamessuckling.com

 

Vineyard

The Damsteep Vineyard (formally Spye Omihi) is located in the north east of Waipara Valley at the foot of the Omihi saddle. This Pinot Noir is grown on a 2.5 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 loam overlying fractured limestone and sandstone soils.

 

 

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. The flexibility of our picking crews meant hand harvest could be undertaken the moment rich flavours’ and crisp acidity were in balance.

 

 

Harvest

Hand harvested April 18, and May 5 2012.
Harvest 6.3 Ton Yield = 0.7 kg/vine Brix 23.2-24.3 TA 7.6g/L pH 3.45

 

 

Fermentation

91% De-stemmed, with 4% foot crushing, 70% Whole berries. 4 days cold soak at ambient temperature. Yeast for fermentation were propagated from a vineyard starter. Fermentation lasted 11 days with hand or foot plunging one to 2 times per day. Pressed after 28- 45 days and drained to tight grained French barrels of which 3% were new. Malo-lactic fermentation was completed in spring. 12 months barrel maturation.

 

 

Bottled

386 cases bottled in one lot under screw cap on 22 July 2013.
R. S. 0.34 g/L TA 4.0 g/L pH 3.90 Dry extract 29.4g/L Alcohol 13.0% 

2012 Season report