Omihi Waipara
New Zealand Wine

Black Estate

Black Estate is a remarkable
place for wine.


A family owned vineyard on the warm, sunny slopes of the Waipara Valley, where the vines grow through clay and limestone soils to produce intense wines completely expressive of this site.

Our wines are hand crafted using artisan techniques and a dedication to creating exceptional Waipara Pinot Noir, Chardonnay and Riesling.


Omihi, Waipara. New Zealand.

Latest News

  • An intimate night at The Engine Room

    An intimate night at The Engine Room

    Winemaker's Dinner at Auckland's The Engine Room, Auckland. Quite a combo.

    Winemaker Nicholas Brown will present five Black Estate wines, matched to five thoughtful courses created by the renowned Engine Room kitchen.  Good and honest food - true and expressive wines - quite a combo. This intimate dinner will host only 40 guests. Tickets are $110 per person. Book soon with The Engine Room, Ph. 09 480 9502

  • Jane Skilton MW nails it.

    Jane Skilton MW nails it.

    5 Stars and 'oodles of character' for our Pinot Noir 2010

    Jane Skilton MW wrote heartening words about what we are doing at Black Estate and our wines in the Sunday Star Times. You can read them on her blog   She said of our Pinot Noir 2010:   "This intensely fragrant single vineyard pinot has a delightful redcurrant jelly and raspberry character. A savoury edge gives structure and balances the dense, fleshy fruit. Attractive now yet better in a couple of years."  Rad. 

  • A star is born

    A star is born

    Alistair talks to Pinot 2013 about vineyard yeast

    On this Pinot2013 Blog, Alistair talks about creating ferment starters from our Pinot Noir block. Nice live cross!

  • Yvonne Lorkin reviews our new Chardonnay

    Yvonne Lorkin reviews our new Chardonnay

    First release of our Omihi Series Chardonnay 2010 & it tastes like crumpets

    If this is the standard of chardonnay Waipara is capable of then that makes me a very excited girl indeed.   I love the way it smells like fresh peach and pineapple spread on a buttered crumpet.  In the mouth it’s vibrant, concentrated and creamy, with silky length of flavour and as it’s clearly built for the long haul I can’t wait to see how well it does in the cellar.  Yvonne Lorkin 

  • Decanter World Wine Awards

    Decanter World Wine Awards

    Pinot Noir 2009 - Gold!

    Our Pinot Noir 2009 has just won a Gold at the Decanter World Wine Awards in London. Double fist pump!   We thought this vintage would produce a special wine, and to receive such an accolade after our Pinot Noir 2007 winning the IWSC trophy confirms again, how special our site at Black Estate is.

  • "Captain Fantastic"

    "Captain Fantastic"

    Proud to support Wayne Youle's "!?" ... :) exhibition at {Suite Gallery}

    Wayne Youle (Ngā Puhi, Ngāti Whakeeke, Ngāti Pākehā) is one of New Zealand's pre-eminent Maori artists. Youle, based in Amberley, just south of Waipara Valley, has a new exhibition titled "!?" ... :) which opens on 1 June at {Suite} Gallery, Cuba Street, Wellington.  Black Estate wines will be there in proud support.  Captain Fantastic will be there too, along with a wooden camera and tripod, two rings (one 24 ct gold plated) & a DNA puzzle.

Planted in 1993, Black Estate Vineyard consists of eight hectares of Pinot Noir and Chardonnay vines rooted in soil uniquely characteristic of the region.

Waipara has a long and dry autumn, ideal for ripening fruit. The cool nights retain freshness, whilst warm days build concentration.

Waipara has a long and dry autumn, ideal for ripening fruit.

The vineyard is carefully handled through the change of each season by Vineyard Manager Alistair Blair. Alistair is eagerly assisted by the rest of the family who almost always do exactly as they are told. A detailed focus is on thoughtful winter pruning, maximising soil health and restricting yields using sustainable practices.

Read more about Black Estate Vineyard

A Brief History of Wine

Site of Black Estate formed during mid-Holocene period
Black Estate planted by Russell and Kumiko Black
First Black Estate Chardonnay and Pinot Noir Vintages released
Black Estate purchased by the Naish Family
First Black Estate Riesling released
Black Estate 2007 Pinot Noir wins IWSC Trophy

The Season Report

Harvest 2012

'Twas a cool wet spring with a slow increase in ground soil temperatures. Regular rain events carried into early summer which led to cool, modest flowering. The rain meant a lot of grass growth and slow canopy growth since the deep roots didn't warm up. Cooler temperatures and rain events continued through to Autumn so harvest commenced 2-3 weeks later then normal. And then the sun came out! Giving us a warm and sunny run for ripening. The delay meant the harvested fruit was physiologically ripe but lower in brix. Our chardonnay fermentations had an even journey to completion; Pinot Noir fermentations revealed complex aroma and good acidity; and the Riesling has been fermenting at a slow relaxed simmer retaining a lot of aroma. We are surprised and very happy with the quality and complexity of the wines harvested. Compost has been spread on the vines for an enriching restful winter, pruning has started the new cycle ahead.


Our wines are made using traditional techniques. Under the direction of winemaker, Nicholas Brown, all fruit is hand picked and sorted. Nicholas firmly believes the best wines are made in the vineyard and that the winemaker merely guides the grapes into unique wine completely expressive of its site.

More on Nicholas' winemaking philosophy.


Black Estate Omihi
Riesling 2010

A crisp and fresh bouquet of cool river stones. Emerging nectarine, white peach, mandarin and lime draw you into the glass where rich stone fruits coat dense and textural phenolics. The wine advances giving great length by the salivating acidity. A wine that captures the place and the season.

Read Tasting Notes

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Black Estate Omihi
Chardonnay 2010

A single vineyard wine, from vines grown organically on clay-limestone soils in Omihi, Waipara Valley. The bouquet is pretty and open with spice, white floral notes, ripe grapefruit and walnut. This Chardonnay has a rich opulent juiciness, finishing with a persistent freshness and a touch of sea spray.

Read Tasting Notes

GST incl.


Black Estate Omihi
Pinot Noir 2010

A single vineyard wine with a brambly bouquet of dark fruits, exotic spice, fresh earth and broken chalk. It's supple, dense, elastic, velvet like. Chalky soils emerge by way of a crisp and freshening mineral finish. True to its sandstone/limestone soils.

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Enter your quantities.

Wine Tasting Notes Price inc. GST Bottles Total

Pack sizes available in 6 - 12 bottles.

Shipping: Case orders - South Island $9.50, North Island $12.20. Six pack orders - South Island $7.50, North Island $8.50. Additional charges may apply for RD deliveries.

Summer Mix freight is free.

Grand Total 0 $0.00
Omihi Series Chardonnay 2010 Download PDF $31.00 $0.00
Omihi Series Pinot Noir 2010 Download PDF $40.00 $0.00
Riesling 2010 Download PDF $22.45 $0.00
Riesling 2009 Download PDF (SOLD OUT) $0.00
Riesling 2008 Download PDF (SOLD OUT) $0.00
Chardonnay 2010 Download PDF (SOLD OUT) $0.00
Chardonnay 2008 Download PDF $31.95 $0.00
Pinot Noir 2009 Download PDF (SOLD OUT) $0.00
Pinot Noir 2008 Download PDF $41.00 $0.00
Pinot Noir 2007 Download PDF (SOLD OUT) $0.00
Summer Mix (six pack)
Riesling 2010, Omihi Series Chardonnay 2010, Omihi Series Pinot Noir 2010
$175.00 $0.00
Summer Mix (case)
Riesling 2010, Omihi Series Chardonnay 2010, Omihi Series Pinot Noir 2010
$345.00 $0.00

Once your order has been placed we will contact you regarding payment and shipping.








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Wine Making

Let's talk grapes

Nicholas Brown
- Winemaking & Viticulture Consultant


Photo of Nicholas Brown

Ever since the first release of Black Estate the potential of the site could be tasted in the rich and expressive wines produced. Now after fifteen years the vines at Black Estate have developed root systems that penetrate deep into the earth, exploring further the complex soils beneath them. The vines' discoveries are amplified at harvest in the form of rich and concentrated fruit with a depth of aroma and flavour that can only come from mature vines allowed to speak of their special surroundings.

With this in mind the role of the winemaker is truly gentle and guiding.

More on Nicholas' winemaking philosophy.

For a winemaker, working with wine grown from a site like Black Estate is a pure joy. We hope you enjoy drinking the wines as much as we have enjoyed making them.
Row 57, between 56 and 58, is a quiet achiever.

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Telephone +643 314 6085
614 Omihi Road
RD3 Amberley
New Zealand

If we seem friendly and obliging,
that's the wine talking.

Rod Naish


Rod and Stacey, and their family, are the proprietors of Black Estate. Rod has 40 years experience in professional horticulture and business management. He is also a proud father-in-law to Nicholas and Alistair.

Nicholas Brown


Along with his role at Black Estate, Nicholas crafts wine for selected wineries and vineyards in Waipara Valley, where he has worked since 2002. Nicholas was winemaker at Daniel Schuster Wines between 2006 and 2009 and has learnt much from vintages spent in Marlborough, Chianti, Barolo, Napa and Oregon.

Penelope Naish


Penelope manages the marketing, exporting and general business at Black Estate. She is Rod's daughter, Nicholas' wife and mum to Arthur and Sylvia. Before Black Estate, Penelope practiced corporate law in Christchurch, Auckland and The Netherlands.

Alistair Blair

Vineyard & Sales

Alistair has worked with organic produce and is now a viticulture specialist after several years working with vines in Waipara. Alistair is also the local salesman for Black Estate wines.

The kind of place a man can really get some thinking done.

The region,

Omihi Waipara, New Zealand

Black Estate vineyard lies on the idyllic, sunny, limestone and clay slopes of Omihi in the picturesque Waipara Valley, 45 minutes from Christchurch in New Zealand's South Island.

Waipara Wine & Food District is one of the 5 main wine districts of New Zealand. It is renowned for the production of cool climate varieties especially, distinctive Rieslings, Pinot Noir, and fine Chardonnay. This is a fast growing Wine District, offering an exciting diversity of limestone and clay slopes and soils on gravel plains.

Map of New Zealand showing Canterbury


Black Estate 2008