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
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
Lime, ginger, lemon grass, white florals, and grapefruit with hints of wet white rock on the nose. Dense, and textural in the mouth, with lime, grapefruit, nectarine, almond and honey characters. The underlying acidity lengthens the pallet weight freshening with chalky minerality. Dry. Drink now to 2020.
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.
Already quite expressive, the bright, light yellow 2013 vintage is fleshy and dryish, with strong, citrusy, faintly honeyed flavours, fresh, lively acidity and a slightly spicy finish. Drink now or cellar.
Big, bold Riesling in an off/dry style with a moderately deep colour and lush flavour profile that suggests some botrytis influence. Apricot, honey, peach and mango are among the more obvious flavours. 93 Points Silver Ribbon
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
It’s delightfully elegant and youthful on the nose displaying white peach, lemon peel, flint and floral notes. The
palate is focused and linear, and shows wonderful fruit purity and concentration, beautifully framed by racy
acidity. 94 Points
With lifted lime, beeswax and green apple zinginess it's a fresh, mineral-driven, tangy wine
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. 18/20 90/100