Black Estate Wines

614 Omihi Road, RD 3
Amberley,
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  • Zinfandel for some reason reminds me of porta-potty deodorizer. I think if I never smelled a porta-potty I would like it though! I can always taste Zinfandel in blended Italian table wines and it turns me off, although there are a few brands I like that do have a little Zinf but mainly Merlot.It has a rose or flower scent and taste to it that ju... Read More

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  • Stephen, any comments on the Aussie wines and their prices towards the top of this list?  Clos du Rouge Gorge, young vines, in the Roussilon A Connoisseur's Cellar, Part 10 of 8: some fine bits towards the endWe might get another round, but after today there will be a break for at least a little while from this relentless assault of interesting ... Read More

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  • As the world’s winemakers look to single vineyard wines to mark them out from the crowd, a trip through southern Spain with the Grandes Pagos de Espana took one-up-manship to a different level. Grab your passport and join me on this whistle stop tour.The Grandes Pagos de Espana are an association of top Spanish single wine estates, “equivalent t... Read More

    From the article Spanish Wines Get Specific


  • Just saw this offer from Chambers Street. Have had earlier vintages of this label (both whites and reds, though more of the whites with raclette, etc.) when snowboarding in Chamonix and Val d'Isère, and it's (very) good stuff. Downed copious amounts of the whites during lunch and immediately après-ski--great thirst quenchers, while also being ve... Read More

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  • "with regard to Pinot Noir, I still prefer the ones from Oregon"You need to drink a lot more Burgundy, and of the others I mentioned, too.  ;-)   Oregon's getting there but still on the road, not yet fully arrived IMHO, even if I enjoy many of theirs. Was writing on these boards about Soter and Drouhin, for example, last decade. I certainly comm... Read More

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  • Round 1 = 3 x NZ and 1 x South AfricanThe Man o War is from Waiheke Island near Auckland is a Bordeaux Blend and is Merlot and Cabernet Franc dominantI very nice easy to drink red wine surprisingly fresh for its 6 years probably should be drank by 2020 but certainly a nice startThe Te Mata Estate is from Hawkes Bay 54 CS 36 Mer 10 CFLots of nice... Read More

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  • Sometimes we get used to paying upwards of $100 for a nice bottle of wine from the wine shop.  Those are the 'good days' that we want to remember, but soon you notice your bank account is dropping faster than Trumps approval rating, so you start looking for more value-oriented wines that are tasty in their own right.This topic is all about value... Read More

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  • A small impromptu get together to celebrate the end of my radiation therapy.  Nothing big - some good friends that been supporting me during this time.  BBQ, bonfire and good weather and these:Was running round town to find a buttery chard and found this.  Nothing to write home about, but it worked.The Erath was light as usual, but at the same t... Read More

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  • In 1991 the popularity of Zinfandel wasn’t a speck of what it is today. Wine lovers either didn’t know what it was or didn’t understand the grape. Therefore, in 1991, a passionate group of true believers formed ZAP, Zinfandel Advocates and Producers. This group is made up of winemakers and Zinfandel lovers alike. Their mission is to educate the ... Read More

    From the article Fire up the barbecue. Zin is in.


  • Single vineyard Pinot Gris and Pinot Noir are the order of the day at Willamette Valley’s acclaimed WillaKenzie Estate. Erik joined the Willakenzie team earlier this year to head up winemaking operations. Enjoy these excerpts from my conversation with Erik.MA: Tell me a little bit about your winemaking history. How did you become a winemaker?  E... Read More

    From the article Ask the Winemaker: Erik Kramer


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