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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.

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Home Rose 2016

Bursting with cherry and raspberry intensity in the mouth….  There's even a peppery, slightly dense, meaty note which gives it real strength and presence.

Yvonne Lorkin , Dish Magazine

This is not your average light rose; engaging aromas of dark cherry, nectarine, orange peel and spice with subtle savoury nuances on the nose. The palate is concentrated and richly fruited, and offers generous mouthfeel and silky texture, beautifully framed by fine tannins and bright acidity. This is closer to a red wine than white, and delivers power and complexity. An intriguing blend of pinot noir, cabernet franc, chenin blanc and chardonnay. Co-fermented from 100% whole clusters with the skin contact ranging from one to 28 days. At its best: now to 2019.  5

Wine Orbit

Bright cherry red hue. Aromas of strawberry fool, rhubarb, nutmeg, oatmeal, vine blossom and liquorice. The pallet has bright, fine and long with salivating tamarillo, parsley, chalk, and spring water.

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The 2016 Black Estate Home Rose was grown

on our 12 hectare Home Vineyard located 6 kilometres north east of the Waipara Junction, in the Omihi sub-district of Waipara Valley, North Canterbury. This is a north facing sedimentary clay fan on a gentle hill side slope. The soils are mainly Awapuni clay with calcium carbonate deposits. The original un-grafted Pinot Noir vines are predominantly 10-5 clone and were planted in 1994 by Russell Black at a vine density of 1841 vines per hectare. The new vineyard that sits in the belly of the slope above the original vineyard is 4 hectares. Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, Chenin Blanc, and Cabernet Franc grow on root stock and are planted at 6133 vines per hectare in 2011 by the Naish Family. This wine is a co fermentation of all four varieties including Pinot NoIr from the original vineyard

Season

A dry mild winter meant a continuation of the drought in the north Canterbury region. Normally green hills were pale and drying off early except for early green shoots in hillside vineyards. Late spring frosts lowered yields in some vineyards and added to the stress on the vines as canopies were established. Un seasonally heavy rainfall in January provided some reprieve from the drought and the vines around the valley sprung to life pushing young shoot tips and completing canopy

establishment. Dry conditions return and continued into late Autumn allowing gradual and even ripening of fruit with very little disease pressure. Despite the early season challenges vintage 2016 ended with balanced, ripe, and disease free fruit making harvest a deserved celebration of another unique harvest.

Harvest

Hand harvested from April 19-29 2016

Harvest 10.7 Ton vine

Brix 21.8 – 22.4 2.3g/L pH 3.25-3.34

Fermentation

Yield = 0.7 kg/ TA 7.9-8.8g/ L MA

Co fermentation of Pinot Noir (50%), Cabernet Franc (30%), Chenin Blanc (17%), Chardonnay (3%). %100 whole cluster, with partial carbonic maceration fermentation, in a mixture of 1.8 to 2.0 Ton vats. Membrane pressed after 18-28 days, and completed fermentation in one stainless steel tank. Maturation on fermentation lees for 3 months.

Bottled

651 (12 x 750ml) cases bottled in one lot under screw cap on August 16 2016.

R.S 1.1 g/L TA 5.2 g/L pH 3.70 Dry extract 26.1g/L Alcohol 12.7% 

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