Maison Noire Hawke’s Bay 2017 Rosé, and 2016 Cabernet Merlot and Syrah


Guillaume and Esther Thomas operate ‘Maison Noire’ a small Hawke’s Bay wine venture with 0.8 ha of Syrah, Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon and Chenin Blanc vines on Waimarama Road. The wines were planted over 2014 and 2015, but Guillaume and Esther have sourced fruit from contract growers to make wine while they waited for their own vines bore fruit. They aim to limit the production to 150 cases. Guillaune and Esther live on the property in a black house after which their label is named after. Trained in Bordeaux, Guillaume has had winemaking experience overseas, but has worked in various wineries in Hawke’s Bay since 2008. He is a winemaker at the Hawke’s Bay Wine Company. Their first release of wines was in 2015. Here, I review the new 2017 Rosé, and 2016 Cabernet/Merlot and Syrah. www.maisonnoire.nz


  • Maison Noire Hawke’s Bay Rosé 2017
  • Maison Noire Hawke’s Bay Cabernet/Merlot 2016
  • Maison Noire Hawke’s Bay Syrah 2016

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