2014 Black Estate 'Damsteep' Pinot Noir
All too often we get excited by the new, so today I thought I'd take the time to look at a wine that is fast becoming a true classic Cult Wine and one we try to keep in stock, the 2014 Black Estate Damsteep Pinot Noir from Canterbury. Established in 2007 Black Estate is owned by the Naish family with winemaking managed by Nicolas Brown (husband of Penelope Naish). They have fast become one of the most exciting and most consistent producers in Waipara in North Canterbury. Starting relatively conventionally but moving to more hands-off winemaking they are the best kind of natural producers - doing so to produce the most elegant, vibrant, lithe wines that have the same sort of style and polish as more conventionally made wine. The wines come from three vineyards: Home (where the cellar door and restaurant are situated), Damsteep and Netherwood - all of which are managed organically and are planted on deep limestone. The majority of their wines are now single vineyard expressions but they also release negotiant wines under the label Circuit (which are universally stunning and amazing value)
The 2014 Damsteep is far and away one of their most exciting, refined, elegant wines and one Jamie Goode describes as "fresh and linear with red cherries, ripe raspberries and a lovely texture. Fine grained with some spice and nice silkiness. Really fresh with but this lovely silky texture and good acidity bringing finesse. 95/100" listing it as one of his top NZ wines last year.