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Black Cottage 2016 ‘Reserve’ Marlborough Chardonnay and Central Otago Pinot Noir

30 June,2017
The ‘Black Cottage’ has proven to be the ideal second brand for Dave Clouston of Two Rivers. While the wines are generally sourced from Marlborough, where Dave has insider and expert knowledge of sites and sub-regions, the brand also encompasses fruit from Central Otago, for Pinot Noir with a difference to that of Marlborough. The Black Cottage wines aren’t quite as serious as the Two Rivers wines, but are more accessible to the plate and pocket. Therein lies the reasons for the success of the brand. Here, I review two 2016 Black Cottage ‘Reserve’ wines, the Marlborough Chardonnay and Central Otago Pinot Noir. www.blackcottagewines.co.nz


Black Cottage ‘Reserve’ Marlborough Chardonnay 2016

Chardonnay from New Zealand – Marlborough

Bright straw-yellow colour with light green hues, lighter edged. The nose is softly full with gentle white stonefruit aromas and subtle citrus fruit notes, and very delicate creamy barrel-ferment and nutty oak elements, with nuance of lemon-curd MLF. This is very delicate and subtly nuanced, unfolding some smoke and toast suggestions in the glass. Medium-full bodied, the fruit is restrained and elegant in expression, showing white stonefruits and citrus fruit flavours, entwined with nutty oak and a little creaminess. The palate has weight and vinosity, and the flavours flow along a soft, light, fine-textured phenolic-threaded line with fresh acidity providing energy and tension. The wine carries to a clean, refreshing, dry finish. This is an elegant and delicately flavoured Chardonnay with good detail and a refreshing mouthfeel. It will develop more richness. Serve with seafood and poultry over the next 2+ years. Clones 15, 95 and Mendoza from the Wairau Valley, hand-picked, WBP and fully barrel-fermented to 13.5% alc., the wine aged 11 months in 20% new French oak barrels with 100% MLF. 16.5/20 Jun 2017 RRP $20.00

Black Cottage ‘Reserve’ Central Otago Pinot Noir 2016

Pinot Noir from New Zealand – Otago

Very dark, black-red colour with purple hues, lighter on the rim. This has a firmly concentrated, deep and intense nose with aromas of black cherry fruit entwined with dark herbs and black minerals, unfolding violet floral elements with aeration. Medium-full bodied, the palate is fresh and vibrant with flavours of dark-red and black cherries, along with lifted dark florals and herb notes, unfolding minerally hints. The palate has an elegant, fine-textured core with a firm heart, and the mouthfeel has balanced, integrated acid drive. The flavours of black fruits, herbs, florals and minerals carry to a lingering, finely concentrated finish. This is an elegant, finely concentrated, firm, black cherry fruited Pinot Noir with a good core and integrated acid drive. Match with poultry, pork, lamb and beef over the next 4+ years. Clones 777, 115, Abel and 667 from Alexandra, fermented to 13.5% alc., the wine aged 10 months in 10% new French oak barrels and tank. 17.5+/20 Jun 2017 RRP $25.00
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