Aromas of oyster shell, nectarine, honey suckle, cashew and hazelnut. Dense with a presence of clay soils and salivating minerality that is typical of the Home Vineyard. White rock, lime, grapefruit and brioche persist and linger. Drink now to 2022.
- Hectares Planted.
- Wine Produced.
- Pinot Noir, Chardonnay & Riesling
- Estate (1994), Netherwood (1986) and Damsteep Vineyard (1999)
- Various limestone and clay-limestone soils, dense
- Warm days, cool nights
- Gentle & guiding
- Intense and hands on
- The Naish Family
There's Nicholas, he's the winemaker and married to Penelope, who looks after the business. Penelope's twin sister, Jo, helps on the sales front. With their parents Rod and Stacey, the family owns Black Estate. Together they grow wine, talk about the weather and fight the good fight.
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It's a hot summer - which is good, beacuse spring was cool. The canopy has caught up and is now trimmed, and fruit is developing flavour.
Aromas of white peach, apricot, wax and lanolin with underling roasted fennel seed and saffron broth. On the pallet the wine is initially soft and rich with building underling phenolic structure. The acidity is gentle and lingerie - salivating stuff. Drink now to 2020
A complex-flavoured medium-dry Riesling with savoury citrus fruit, marmalade and musky botrytis, and good energy. Raymond Chan
An accident waiting to happen - picked from our Pinot Noir & Chardonnay vines, mixed up in a corner in our Nethwerood vineyard. Red current, star anise, cinnamon, and fresh air-dried linen on the nose, bright cranberry, strawberry and rhubarb flavours, with a saline and rocklike mineral line. Fresh, complex, and delicious, this is a unique wine from a very unique vineyard. Drink now to 2018
Aromas of red currant jelly, violets, freshly tilled earth. Expansive palate with silken fruit and underlying savory tannin. Fine white rock minerality runs through giving lingering flavour and length. Drink now to 2022
Red cherry, tamarillo, fertile earth, and vanilla on the nose, with underlying spice and mineral notes. Fine tannin provides tension and the palate is silken and full. There's a persistant mineral line that lingers allowing time to explore and contemplate the subtle and elegant nature of the wine.
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
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
There is good vinous presence, and the flavours lead to a dry, textured finish with earthy berry nuances. This is a refreshing, funky, cranberry and pomegranate flavoured rosé with plenty of vinosity. Serve with charcuterie and antipasto over the next 2+ years.
It is consistently one of the best South Islands Chardonnays each year; a wine with all the recognisable buttery bells and some surprisingly elegant style too. It has a long, flavoursome finish and will age and improve for at least half a decade.
Crafted from fruit grown on a tiny, vertigo-inducing north-facing slope located at the base of the Omihi Saddle, this is a snazzy, newly released pinot boasting shiitake mushroom, soy and black pepper among classic raspberry leaf, cherry and cocoa characters. The acidity is youthful, fresh and followed by a burst of sweet black tea and sweet berries on the finish. Lovely.
One of the most consistently excellent chardonnay labels, this barrel-fermented offering (9% new oak) is another gorgeous wine from this top-notch producer. Aromas of nectarine, ripe citrus, brioche and toasted almond lead to a concentrated palate that is rounded and beautifully layered with rich texture. Seamless mouthfeel, backed by perfectly integrated acidity. Long and stylish. 5 Stars
Youthful yet immensely complex and harmonious, the engaging bouquet shows aromas of dark cherry, floral, mixed spice and truffle which lead to a finely textured palate that delivers excellent weight and intensity, beautifully supported by silky mouthfeel and abundance of polished tannins. Lovely acid balance too. Elegant, brilliantly structured, long and attractive. 5 Stars
This should have the words "one helluva" before "Waipara chardonnay" - because it's stonkingly good. Super juicy flavours of yellow plum, grapefruit sorbet, peach gelato and hints of coconutty, lemony sweetness. It's fresh and tangy up front, followed by a layer of creamy, cashew like characters cloaked in cinnamon-toast notes
Starts out floral with violets and pot pourri, then it adds spicy savory notes, becoming tarry, earthy and foresty. Then come the 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. Score 92
Full secondary ferment provides a textual grip that seems to have done nothing to squash the racy acids this wine drives along on. Gunsmoked cheddar, lemon spritz and coconut shavings provide the perfect hook to open wide and drink deep all the angular richness of mango skins, lace, and green pineapple core that’s held inside the glass.
Bloody delicious stuff, managing to combine creaminess with bright, zestyflavours. This is reminiscent of peach melba, nougat and lemon with an uplifting finish. 90/100
The 2013 vintage was grown at Omihi in the Damsteep Vineyard (formerly known as Spye Vineyard.) Full-coloured, it is a very supple and graceful red with cherry, plum, spice and dried herb flavours, showing good complexity, fresh acidity and a long, savoury finish. Drink now or cellar. 4.5 stars
Bright, light yellow/green, the 2014 vintage was grown in the Home Vineyard at Omihi, in Waipara, planted in 1994. A tight, elegant, distinctly cool-climate style. Still very youthful, it has crisp, citrusy, slightly biscuity flavours, showing good vigour and complexity. 4 stars
The first 2014 vintage is from young, first-crop vines in the Home Vineyard at Omihi, Waipara. From botrytised grapes (80 per cent), hand-picked at over 28 brix, it's a finely balanced wine, fermented and matured in oak barrels. Delicious young, it is light gold, with gentle acidity, moderate sweetness (40 grams/litre residual sugar), good complexity and a strong surge of vibrant, peachy, lightly honeyed flavour. An auspicious debut. 4.5 stars
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
Grab yourself an adult bib as this Riesling will leave your mouth watering. It's a medium dry style but has lovely acidity, leaving you salivating and your mouth cleansed, ready for the next sip. The fruit feels like it's a little riper, showing red apple, honeysuckle and apricot flavours. Lovely weight and balance makes for an appealing drop. 17.5