Black Estate

Waipara Valley

In 2007 the Naish Family purchased Black Estate, an 8-hectare vineyard framed against the soft, green hills of the Waipara Valley. Attracted by the site’s potential and its clay and limestone soils, husband and wife team Penelope and Nicholas (who is viticulturist and winemaker) converted everything to organics, released their first vintage in 2008. They kept their day jobs, that is until a particularly successful vintage in 2010 convinced them it was time to jump in with both feet. They have since begun working with two very special parcels in addition to their ‘Home’ vineyard, implementing Biodynamic practices and bringing the total holdings to 24-hectares. The original vineyard is planted with 21 year-old Pinot Noir and Chardonnay vines. The Damsteep vineyard was planted in 1999 with Riesling and Pinot Noir, and Netherwood in 1986 with Pinot Noir and a little Chardonnay. All are north-facing, planted on clay with limestone, and within 10 km of each other. Wine making is gentle and hands-off, as Nicholas seeks to maximize the unique expression of each site. All the vineyards are managed organically, and they are in year two of conversion to certification with BioGro. The care and hard work Pen and Nicholas have put into each site is remarkable and really comes through when tasting the wines.

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