95 Points
5 Stars Raymond Chan
  • Closure: Screw Cap
  • Unit: Each
  • Volume: 750ml
  • Alcohol: 12.5%
  • Grape: 100% Pinot Noir
  • Natural: Organic

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Regions : North Canterbury

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Black Estate have certainly established themselves as one of the stars of Waipara in recent years. Their wines are outstanding across the board and their winery restaurant is so busy it can be a challenge to get into on the weekend! This is fantastic Pinot and equally as nice at home as it is at Black Estate.

Winery notes (2016 Vintage)
"This Black Estate Home Pinot Noir was grown on our 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 un-grafted Pinot Noir vines are predominantly 10-5 clone and were planted in 1994 at a vine density of 1841 vines per hectare. The new planting completed in 2011 has 2.0ha planted at 6177 vine/ha with 115, 667, 828, 943, Abel, and UCD5 clones. Organic and biodynamic farming practices have been used since 2010. Home Vineyard became fully certified organic with BioGro in March 2017.

Hand harvested fruit was 97% de-stemmed without crushing giving an average of 75% whole berry. Inoculated using vineyard derived yeast the wine fermented for 28 days in 0.5 to 2.5 ton open top fermenters. The vats were plunged using hand and foot two times per day during the peak of ferment. Each vat was pressed individually using a basket press. The wines were matured in 228L French Barrels for 12 months, 0% were new. The wine was then racked from barrel, blended and settled in tank for 5 months and then bottled without fining or filtration."

95/100 Jamie Goode, August 2018 (2016 Vintage)
"12.5% alcohol. From 1994 plantings, 4 hectares, 1841 vines/ha, wild ferment, 28 days on skins. A beautifully assured, complex, textural Pinot with warm, sweet cherry and plum fruit, with some nice savoury detail. There’s a subtle green sappiness underneath the smooth, fine-grained fruit. It’s fully ripe but also fresh and with nice integrated greenness. I really love the non-fruit complexity to this wine, and on the second day it’s even more compelling."

5 Stars & 18.5/20 Raymond Chan, May 2018 (2016 Vintage)
"Moderately deep garnet-red colour, a little lighter on the edge. The nose is softly full and voluminous with ethereal red berry fruit aromas along with savoury dark and dried herbs, some earth and undergrowth along with red floral and game elements providing a harmonious array of complexing aromatics. Medium-bodied, the palate has a rich and softly concentrated but densely packed heart of luscious and succulent, savoury dark-red berry fruits along with complexing flavours of dried herbs, a little undergrowth and earth. The fruit is underlined by a fine, tight tannin structure with soft, integrated acidity. The flavours carry to a long, lingering, sweet and savoury finish. This is a rich and sweetly lush Pinot Noir with a deep core of savoury dark-red berry fruits along with herbs, undergrowth and earth on a fine, firm-textured palate. Match with wild duck and pork dishes over the next 5-6 years. Fruit from the ‘Home’ vineyard, from clone 10/5 planted in 1994, and clones 115, 667, 828, 943, Abel and 5, planted in 2011, hand-picked and 97% destemmed to give 75% whole berries, indigenous yeast fermented to 12.5% alc., the wine spending 58 days on skins and aged 12 months in seasoned 228 L French oak barrels, and aged a further 5 months in tank. 743 cases made."

93/100 Mike Bennie, The Wine Front, June 2018 (2016 Vintage)
"Red cherry, raspberry, white pepper, brambles. Strong, pleasing entry to the wine. Glossy texture, just ripe cherry flavours, sloshy feel in the palate but with crisp acidity and a light pull of tannins. A little sour-sweet deliciousness to close. Lovely wine this, ease of drinking all there too."

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