Black Estate 2013 Riesling and 2012 Damsteep Pinot Noir

Recent wine releases from Black Estate have propelled the label to the leading group of producers in the Waipara Valley region of North Canterbury. The Black Estate Riesling, Pinot Noir and Chardonnay expressions are becoming increasing complex and detailed as the Naish family grow in their understanding of the fruit from their three vineyard sources. The ‘Spye Farm’, situated in Omihi, 8 km from the home blocks, was planted in 1999, and Black Estate has taken Riesling fruit from there since 2008 and Pinot Noir 2010. The Riesling covers 2 ha and there 2 blocks of Pinot Noir. Impressed with the fruit, the Naish family leased to purchase the 7 ha of vineyard in 2012. Due to a naming conflict, Black Estate has changed the title to the ‘Damsteep’ vineyard. Here, I review two new releases from the ‘Damsteep’ vineyard, the fruit tended by Chris Henry, who was involved in the original planting, made by Black Estate’s winemaker Nicholas Brown. www.blackestate.co.nz


  • Black Estate Waipara Valley Riesling 2013
  • Black Estate ‘Damsteep’ Waipara Valley Pinot Noir 2012

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