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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Netherwood Rose 2012

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One of the most intriguing local rosés I've tried to date made from chardonnay and pinot noir grown side by side in Black Estate's Netherwood vineyard. These were also fermented together to produce this delicious and deeply coloured dry rosé, with its robust palate of green apple and darker berry fruit overlaid with toasty spicy notes. 


Jo Burzynska for the New Zealand Herald


A cool growing season with intermittent rain events allowed healthy canopy growth and long slow ripening. Mild temperatures held through autumn and allowed the grapes for this wine to be harvested at the desired ripeness.




Hand harvested on May 8 2012

Harvest 1.55 Ton Yield = Brix 22.8 TA 8.1g/ L pH 3.35 0.84kg/vine

Hand harvested from a 0.8 ha south facing slope of the 26 year old un-irrigated Netherwood Vineyard. 52% of the vines are UCD5 Pinot Noir and 48% are Mendoza Chardonnay.



100% whole cluster carbonic maceration fermentation in 0.5 Ton, wax lined wooden vats. Basket pressed after 14 days. Barrel maturation in 10 year old 228L barrels for 5 months.



Bottled in one lot under screw cap on November 8 2012

R.S 2.5 g/L TA 7.5 g/L pH 3.60 Dry extract Alcohol 12.5% 27g/L 

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2012 Season report