2018 Chardonnay Black Estate

Grapes Chardonnay
Colour White
Origin New Zealand, South Island
Other Certified Organic, Bio-dynamic, Vegetarian, Vegan
District North Canterbury
ABV 12.5%

This wine has a natural slightly unfiltered appearance as apart of the winemaking philosophy. The aromas and flavours are both sound and delicious with fleshy yellow stone fruit and sweet grapefruit, apple and lemon skin. On the palate – chalky texture with an abundance of natural acidity and weight then flavours that reflect the nose. Even and balanced use of oak layering in a baking spices and mild blond tobacco flavours as well as weight and structure. Lengthy finish and well made. Drink now and through 2023 Rating: 94 (Feb 2022)

*Case price discount: Mix any 12 bottles of wine (or 9 litre equivalent) or 6 bottles of Champagne, Spirits, Sweet Wine or Fortified (4.5 litres) to get the discounted 'case price' for each bottle.

From our Netherwood vineyard’s south facing .9ha hillside of sandstone. A small parcel of chardonnay grapes growing from 34 year old organic vines.

Smells like orange blossom, nectarine and hazelnut. A dense mid-pallet with fresh invigorating minerality from sandstone. Rich but salivating and persistent with considerable length of flavour. Please decant. Un-fined and unfiltered. Drink now to 2028.

Winemaker's notes (Jan 2022)

Black Estate

Black Estate belongs to Pen (née Naish) and her husband Nicholas Brown with Pen's parents and siblings. It consists of three vineyard sites. There are 11.6 ha in the 'Home' vineyard, in the Omihi sub-district of Waipara, North Canterbury, where the original Pinot Noir and Chardonnay vines were planted in 1999 by Russell and Kumiko Black. The Naish family bought the vineyard in 2007 and have since converted it to organics (and now biodynamics) and planted at higher density, four hectares of Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, Chenin Blanc and Cabernet Franc. Black Estate soils are clay and limestone.

The second site ('The Damsteep Vineyard') is 10km further north, with 2.2 ha of Riesling and 5ha of Pinot Noir grown at 5000 vines per hectare. Clay over sandstone and limestone.

The third site is the Netherwood vineyard which is on Waipara Greensand, which weirdly is of similar age and glauconitic character to those found in Kent and Champagne.

The wines are made by Nicholas who had considerable experience prior to joining Black Estate, including seven years with Daniel Schuster Wines and vintages in Chianti, Piemonte, Napa Valley and Oregon.

Black Estate aims to make wines which are truly expressive of their site, by growing and making wine as naturally as possible. Most of the vineyard has been managed biodynamically since 2010, (Netherwood from 2012) and it is all fully certified as organic, with biodynamic certification in progress.

Writing for Rebecca Gibb muses - "I think I may have a crush on this relative newcomer. Everything they have turns to gold at the moment: from their broody Omihi Pinot Noir and Beaujolais-like Netherwood rose to their Omihi Chardonnay. They can’t put a foot wrong at the moment. Keep your eyes – and lips – on this Waipara outfit."

Nicholas was awarded 'Winemaker of the Year' by Gourmet Traveller magazine in February 2022. The citations says 'Never one to shy away from experimentation, Nicholas Brown has an uncanny knack for creating wines that not only speak to the site, but also of the man. "You’re only as good as the grapes that you grow and they’re only as good as the place that they come from,” says Nicholas Brown. His dedication to Black Estate’s three Omihi vineyards over the past 12 years has resulted not only in some of the most compelling single-vineyard wines from Waipara, but the whole of New Zealand.' (Dr Jo Burzynska)

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