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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.

Netherwood

Black
Estate is a
remarkable
place
for wine.

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

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614 Omihi Road
Waipara Valley
New Zealand
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Riesling 2010

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Lime and peach on the nose but not OTT. Off dry but finishes dry tasting. Moderate concentration. Mineral on the finish. Subtle.

Julia Harding MW

Harvest

Hand harvested 3 – 6 May 2010.
Brix 23.5o. Harvest 11.3 Tonnes. Yield 1.10 kg/ vine. TA 8.1 g/L. pH 3.08.

 

Vineyard

Fruit for our Black Estate Riesling is sourced from a local grower with 11 year old vines growing on clay and limestone rich soils. These soils are dense brown to orange in color, inter bedded with sandstones and subordinate limestone horizons. Vine density is greater than 5000 vine per hectare.

 

 

Season

A cool start to the growing season meant canopies were slow to form. Flowering was over ten days with minimal rain resulting in a good fruit set. Summer was late this year but luckily for us decided to stay on allowing us to enjoy perfect weather over harvest. The result was ripe golden Riesling grapes that were hand harvested over 4 days.

Fermentation

Whole bunch pressed with no settling. Fermented wild for six weeks at cool temperatures in stainless steel tanks. The tanks were then moved outside with a south facing view from the winery’s sheltered back pad. Matured on lees in tank through winter watching the storms come up the valley. Allowed back into the winery for spring to be with our Chardonnay and Pinot Noir before it was bottled in early summer.

 

 

Bottled

738 cases bottled in one lot under screw cap on November 26 2010. R. S. 9g/L T. A. 7.3 g/L pH 3.22 Alcohol 13.5%