Black Estate 2014 Whites and Rosé, and 2013 Pinot Noir

Taking ownership of Black Estate in 2007, the Naish family have not only begun to fully realise the soil and terroir of the property that was established in 1993, but they have grown to include the individual expression of the other two sites from which they source their fruit. Black Estate is one of the exciting emerging stars of the Waipara Valley region. With this release of wines, comes a consistent definition of the vineyard names on the labels, the clarity aided by the use of different colours. The wines from the original estate where are now called ‘Home’, the wording in silver-grey. Those from what was called Spye Farm now show the change of name to ‘Damsteep’ which is in red, and the bottlings from the old Schuster property are labelled ‘Netherwood’, and the name is in yellow font. The latest release of 2014 whites and rosé, and a 2013 red incorporate these improvements to the presentation, properly introduce the concept of Black Estate’s single vineyard wines, and show the innovative winegrowing and making in the of diverse styles. I review four of the new wines here.


  • Black Estate ‘Netherwood’ Waipara Valley Rosé 2014
  • Black Estate ‘Home’ Waipara Valley Chardonnay 2014
  • Black Estate ‘Damsteep’ Waipara Valley Pinot Noir 2013
  • Black Estate ‘Home’ Waipara Valley Chenin Blanc 2014

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