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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Sourced from the Falcon Crest Vineyard situated on the Glasnevin gravels of Waipara Valley, North Canterbury. These gravels are free draining mineral rich soils that impart a vibrant structure to the wines grown here. Skilfully managed using organic practices it was a privilege for us to secure a small parcel of fruit from this dramatic vineyard.



A mild and dry winter led into a long cool spring. Vineyards were slow to spring to life as soil temperatures remained low. Around the middle of December the summer arrived and days became warm and dry. Vine leaves moved from pale to dark green and summer rays ripened the small clusters.  Flowering was a little later than usual but by early April the grapes contained juice with early season freshness and late season richness.



Hand harvested on April 12 and 19 2015

Harvest  4.9 TonYield = 1.10 kgvine

Brix 22.6-23.0TA 5.6-6.4-g/ LMA 2.0g/LpH 3.55-3.70

Fermentation and maturation

Hand harvested. 61% was whole bunch pressed over 4 hours where the juice was transferred to old 500L puncheons with full solids (no settling). 29% was foot crushed and soaked on skins for 24 hours, then slowly pressed and transferred with full solids to old 500L puncheons. These parcels were then barrel fermented using vineyard derived yeast and then aged without sulphur on fermentation lees. 10% was co-fermented on skins with Riesling from the same vineyard. This portion remained on skins for seven months before being pressed in a basket press. All parcels were blended to tank just prior to bottling and then bottled as one. on.



405 (12 x 750ml) cases bottled in one lot under screw cap on December 9 2015.

R.S 9.2 g/L      TA 5.0 g/L       pH 3.80       Dry extract 29.5g/L     Alcohol 13.0% er 30 2015.


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