Black
Estate is a
remarkable
place
for wine.

3 hillside vineyards on clay limestone soils in the Waipara Valley, N. Canterbury.

Tasting Room
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614 Omihi Road
Waipara Valley
New Zealand
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Netherwood Chardonnay 2013

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This is the first chardonnay from the site in a decade, with ripe peach fruit and a rich mealy character, counterpoised by a bright line of citrus and mineral.

Jo Burzynska, The NZ Herald

A rare wine (53 cases only). Pale straw, it is weighty and fleshy, with very youthful, ripe, stonefruit-like flavours, a hint of spice, excellent depth and obvious potential. 4.5 stars.

Raymond Chan

Fans of Black Estate chardonnay will love this latest rendition. It's elegant yet powerful with notes of nectarine, ripe citrus, brioche and vanillin oak, combined with concentrated palate that's creamy and textured, beautifully structured by firm acidity. It's youthful and delightfully appealing. At its best: now to 2022. 94 points

Sam Kim Wine Orbit

Tasting notes

White gold hue. A bouquet of white flowers, grapefruit hazelnut and almond.
The pallet is supple and broad with a sandy and fresh minerality.


Vineyard

This Chardonnay is grown at the Netherwood Vineyard which lies in the foothills of the Teviotdale ranges in Omihi, North Canterbury. The Chardonnay vineyard is 0.8 Hectares and was planted in 1986 on a south facing hillside. The soils are classified as Waipara Greensand which is a green grey richly glauconitic sandstone. The vines are mass selection and thought to be cuttings of Mendoza Chardonnay. The vine density should be 5000 vines per hectare but half of them are Pinot Noir so it is hard to tell.

Fermentation

Whole bunch pressed, no settling, fermentation with yeast propagated from a vineyard starter, in a 228L and 500L tight grained old French casks and maturation on lees. Full spring Malo-lactic fermentation. Blended to tank after 11 months.


Bottled

Bottled in one lot under screw cap on 28 March 2014. 53 cases made

Hand harvested on April 8 2013

Harvest 1.06 Ton
Yield = 1.00 kg/vine
Brix 23.6
TA 7.95g/L
MA 2.11g/L
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Season

The coldest spring in ten years meant more time than usual frost fighting in the Netherwood Vineyard. However once the show weekend threshold past we experienced one of the best summers in recent years which allowed some beach time recovery and good conditions for flowering and fruit set. The lack of mid summer nor-westers allowed our vineyard canopies to relax in the sun drenched still weather - giving good canopy growth, low vine stress and good ripening. Hand picking allowed us to capture our fruit in perfect condition with thick skins, moderate brix, and good levels of natural acidity. It really was a good one.

R.S 1.38 g/L
TA 6.2 g/L
pH3.70
Dry extract 26g/L
Alcohol 13.5%

2013 Season report