Wine is romantic, and so by default owning and working in a vineyard should be similarly dreamy. When the family behind Black Estate decided to ditch inner city life for the dense clay and limestone soils of a Waipara Valley vineyard, there was no doubt there was an element of such idealistic dreaming involved. Their vision was to create a business that would build the foundations for family bonding that could stretch across generations. What is immediately evident when you meet these good folk is that they all individually possess a diverse group of skills and talent to ensure that together that vision becomes a reality.
Nicholas Brown is Black Estate’s winemaker, and the business is managed by his wife Penelope and her twin sister, Jo. Rod and Stacey (Mum and Dad) lend a hand when required.
Black Estate, soon to be certified organic, produces a range of wines that include Pinot Noir, Chardonnay and Riesling. What is really special about this place is that when most folk would be content with just making the wine, this family have also added a very fine cellar door restaurant, The Tasting Room & Eatery, which means you and your family can enjoy a little bit of the dream too.
Best place to start: Black Estate Pinot Noir 2012 – earthy vanilla aromatics sit balanced against lovely red cherry and tamarillo notes. The wine has a lovely silky texture with gentle tannin expression on the palate making this a splendid Pinot for food – or not. I believe every glass of wine deserves a complementary bite so I’d recommend some seriously creamy blue cheese and quince paste on a cracker. RRP $40