BLACK ESTATE

NORTH CANTERBURY - NEW ZEALAND

Sustainable

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NZ Organic Wine Awards ‘Winery of the Year 2017’: Black Estate
“Black Estate’s wines have caused more discussion amongst our judges than any other wines, leading to rather late nights on more than one occasion. Their wines are all sophisticatedly exclusive, from their four varietal Rose blend to their three unique Pinot Noir’s. Each wine they produce adds complexity and depth beyond what you expect, when you think you have a complete understanding of the wine another layer unfolds and adds to the intrigue. Black Estate achieved more Gold and Silver medals than any other vineyard partaking in the 2017 awards.”

 

Black Estate have certainly established themselves as one of the stars of North Canterbury recently. This comes as no surprise to those of us who have witnessed the team quietly working over the past few years to develop their three vineyards into some of the most delightful in New Zealand. Absolute passion for their land and dedication to their vines is behind every action taken by Nicholas, Penelope and the team. We’re impressed more and more by every release, and are very happy to be able to offer these wines to the Australian market.

 

“We farm organically & with biodynamic practices to work with nature, rather than against it. If our land is naturally healthy and full of diverse life, we have healthier vines, producing fruit with quality and flavour that expresses its unique and true environment. Organics means we don’t use any systemic sprays on our land, which would destroy the microbial life and ecosystems there. The land is the foundation for our vines, fruit and wine, so we want to look after it. Respect and care for land allows our our vines to grow in natural balance, and also provides for generations after our time here. Offering wines to enjoy without any chemical residues is another  motivation. We can all drink wine that nurtures us, rather than affects our health, and  our team, who are close up, looking after each vine can also work care free of chemicals. We also use biodynamics, a practice which energises and inspires us.  Rooted in Rudolf Steiner teachings, biodynamics teaches us to see each of our three vineyards in a holistic way. All elements that make up our vineyards are considered – how they interact and make one healthy, vital whole. The vines, fields, forests, animals, plants, soils, compost, people and the spirt of the place are equally important.  When all considered, our sites can build their own sustaining natural rhythms.” - Nicholas and Pen, Black Estate

 

Black Estate ‘Circuit’ Pinot Gris 2017

17.7/20, Andrew Graham, Australian Wine Review - “The Circuit range uses grower fruit and priced slightly lower than the Estate range. Some barrel ferment used here, helping to craft what is a succulent, gently textured style. There’s a great balance here between soft acidity and gentle richness – it’s restrained, faintly juicy, but never falls into flab or excess sweetness. It’s just a fraction tight for immediate satisfaction (give it 3-6 in bottle), but still an archetype of how to craft rich-but-refreshing Pinot Gris. Would I buy it? In a heartbeat.”

 

Black Estate ‘Damsteep’ Riesling 2018

94 points, Bob Campbell MW - “Rich, weighty chardonnay with white peach, grapefruit, ginger and brioche flavours, together with a seasoning of spicy oak. A silken-textured wine with subtle power. Very seductive.”

 

Black Estate ‘Netherwood’ Chardonnay 2016

96 points, Bob Campbell MW - “Rich, weighty chardonnay with white peach, grapefruit, ginger and brioche flavours, together with a seasoning of spicy oak. A silken-textured wine with subtle power. Very seductive.”

 

Black Estate ‘Home’ Pinot Noir 2016

95 points, Jamie Goode, Wine Anorak - “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.”