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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3 organic hillside vineyards on clay limestone soils in North Canterbury.

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Riesling 2009

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A stunning second riesling release from a Waipara winery to watch. It juxtaposes pretty notes of lemon blossom and white peach with an undercurrent of mineral salts and a soft sweetness that's beautifully balanced by its grapefruit acidity.

Jo Burzynska, NZ Herald

Wine notes


Hand harvested April 14 – 17, 2009
Harvest 8 Tons Yield 1.8 kg/ vine
Brix 24.3o TA 8.0 g/L pH 3.21

A memorable season in Waipara. Plenty of early spring rain allowed rapid growth and early canopy formation. Warm dry days in December were perfect during the Riesling flowering. e following months continued to shine allowing good fruit and flavour development up until harvest. e golden, botrytis free Riesling was hand harvested over 4 days.


Whole bunch pressed followed by light settling. Fermented wild for 30 days at cool temperatures. Matured on fine lees in tank over winter. Bottled in spring.


Bottled in one lot under screw cap on Oct 2 2009.

R. S. 24g/L T. A. 7.8 g/L pH 3.22 Alcohol 12.0%