Dave Clouston has been steadily growing and consolidating his winemaking operation over the past few years, with the purchase of the ‘Brookby Hill’ vineyard which serves as his Marlborough home base in the ground, and the opening of a new winery in the Cloudy Bay Business Park at the start of this year which is his headquarters.The Black Cottage wines are designed to be enjoyed "with gusto”, and are made in a more accessible, fruit-focused style. This approach has made the wines a success, and they are widely stocked.
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Black Cottage Pinot Noir 2019, MarlboroughPinot Noir from New Zealand - MarlboroughReview Date : 25-May-2020Clear, medium ruby-red with some depth, paler on the edge with a slight purple hue. The nose is expressive with earthy, meaty notes, unfolding nuances of dark-red cherry fruit, mocha, herbal elements, baking spices and some nutty oak. Medium-full bodied, the palate is rich with flavours of dark-red cherry, mocha, herbal notes along with an amalgam of baking spices and nut. The dark-chocolate tannin is supported by lively acidity; flavours are rich and generous; flows to a consistent finish. This wine is a generous, full-flavoured Pinot Noir with dark cherry fruit, mocha, herbal elements, along with baking spices and nutty notes on a medium-full palate, melded with earthy and meaty nuances. Enjoy with stewed gamey fare over the next 3-5 years. Fruit from Southern Valleys, windblown loess over clay fermented to 13% alc, aged for 10 months in French oak barrels and cuves. 17/20pts May 2020 RRP$20