5 Stars
94 Points
5 Stars Raymond Chan
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“This is a beautifully refreshing, crystal clear dry Chenin Blanc.”

5 Stars Raymond Chan

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Regions : North Canterbury

“This is a beautifully refreshing, crystal clear dry Chenin Blanc.”

5 Stars Raymond Chan

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Black Estate are one of the leading lights of an impressive line up of local wineries in North Canterbury. Winemaker Nicholas Brown is making the wines in a lo-fi sort of way, with organic and biodynamic principles leading the way. He has a passion for wines from the Loire Valley in France and as such a few years ago planted some Chenin Blanc and Cabernet Franc in their 'Home Vineyard' out the front of their now iconic architectural black building which houses the cellar door and restaurant (well worth a visit if you haven't already done so.) It is the former of these two which has taken our attention as a wine of real potential and quality.

This 2017 is the 4th vintage from these vines and it is clear that Nicholas is gaining an understanding of the site and the style which best suits this versatile variety. The resulting wine is dry with an impressive mouth-coating texture full of pretty florals, stonefruits and honeycomb backed by impressive acidity and mineral notes. This wine is unfiltered, unfined and has no added sulphites which results in a wine which is aptly described on the back label as "Mouth watering, Luminous, Alive".

An impressive effort that will reward those who wish to cellar although we can't see us being able to keep our hands of this as it is just so delicious right now!

Winery notes (2017 Vintage)
"Chenin Blanc with white stone fruit, floral and mineral notes on a refined palate with depth and energy.

The 2017 Black Estate Home Chenin Blanc 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 Chenin Blanc vineyard that sits in the belly of the slope above the original vineyard is 0.5 hectares. Chenin Blanc clones 880 and 220 grow on root stock and were planted at 6133 vines per hectare in 2011 by the Naish Family.

12% foot crushed. Whole bunch pressed over 4 hours. Juice drained to tank and then transferred to 600L demi Muid and 500L puncheon without settling. Fermented using a Home vineyard yeast starter. 100% barrel fermentation and maturation. 100% Malolactic fermentation. Bottled un-fined and unfiltered with no added sulphites".

94/100 Decanter UK, June 2018 (2017 Vintage)
"This is the fourth vintage of Chenin Blanc from Loire-loving winemaker Nicholas Brown, and every vintage so far has brought something different. This vintage is full of savoury tones, with quince and honeycomb aromas. It's expansive and gentle in the mouth, yet retains its shape. There's tension on the finish with a chalky, salty line and fine acidity. Unfined and unfiltered, and just 11.5% alcohol. Drinking Window 2018 – 2023".

5 Stars & 18.5+/20 Raymond Chan, May 2018 (2017 Vintage)
"Bright, even, straw-yellow colour with pale green-gold hues. The nose is very fresh and elegant with finely penetrating aromas of white stonefruits, white and yellow florals, and pure minerals with a saline hint. This has beautiful clarity, fine concentration and ultimately plenty of presence. Dry to taste and light-medium bodied, the palate has tight and intense, vibrant flavours of white stonefruits, minerals and saline elements. The fruit is expressed with crystal clarity, and it forms a concentrated core with surprising presence and a positive line. The mouthfeel has fresh acidity and tension, and the wine flows smoothly to a crisp, clean, delicate, lingering finish. This is a beautifully refreshing, crystal clear dry Chenin Blanc with white stonefruit, floral and mineral notes on a refined palate with depth and energy. Serve with seafood over the next 4+ years. Clones 880 and 220 from the ‘Home Block’, vines planted in 2011, the fruit hand-picked, 12% foot-crushed, WBP, and indigenous yeast fermented in 600 L demi-muid and 500 L puncheon with high solids to 11.5% alc. and 0.15 g/L RS, TA 5.8 g/L and pH 3.18, the wine aged 8 months in barrel with 100% MLF. Certified BioGro organic. 236 cases made".

5 Stars Yvonne Lorkin, January 2019 (2017 Vintage)
"The Naish family planted chenin blanc on their ‘Home’ vineyard back in 2011, and the vines thrive under the baking Waipara sun and those wild Nor’Easter winds. This is the fourth vintage made by their winemaker, Nicholas Brown, an obsessive fan of wines from the Mid-Loire Valley in France (where chenin and cabernet franc are the white and red heroes). This example is so finely tuned and yet intensely flavoured. Think freshly cut apple, activated almonds, hints of mineral salts, and with a crystalline complexity; it’s brisk and bracing to drink. Fresh yet creamy and crazy-good".

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