Black Barn 2012 Hawke’s Bay Releases

Black Barn have released a bevy of 2012 wines which will interest if not excite followers of innovative Hawke’s Bay wines. The 2012 vintage was a difficult one with a cold and wet growing season and there will not be as many of the regular ‘flagship’ and ‘super-premium’ releases as usual. The wines will generally be lighter and show their acidity , and a lighter hand and sensitive approach by the winemaker was required to produce wines with the prerequisite balance and harmony for attractive drinking. Black Barn’s winemaker Dave McKee certainly took that stance and he has a Merlot-based Bordeaux varietal blend, Montepulciano and Tempranillo in bottle. Quantities are much reduced, as while there was suitable fruit, there was less of it. The latter two reds are available from cellar door only. This lesser production also applies to the Barrel-Fermented Chardonnay from 2012, around one-third the normal volumes made. With these wines, I review the second disgorgement of the Blanc de Blanc Methode Traditionnelle 2010 also, which shows greater autolysis character. (A re-look at the first disgorgement has been added.) A quantity of the Blanc de Blanc has been held back for an even later, third disgorgement, at 5-6 years from vintage. www.blackbarn.com


  • Black Barn ‘Barrel Fermented’ Hawke’s Bay Chardonnay 2012
  • Black Barn Hawke’s Bay Merlot/Malbec/Cabernet Franc 2012
  • Black Barn Hawke’s Bay Montepulciano 2012
  • Black Barn Hawke’s Bay Tempranillo 2012

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