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Black Cottage 2017 Sauvignon Blanc, Pinot Gris and Rosé

07 September,2017
The ‘Black Cottage’ wines are the secondary brand for Dave Clouston, arguably better known for his ‘Two Rivers’ Marlborough wines. The Black Cottage wines are designed to be enjoyed "with gusto”, and are made in a more accessible, fruit-focussed style. This approach has made the wines a success, and they are widely stocked. Here, I review the advance guard of the new Black Cottage releases, the 2017 Sauvignon Blanc, Pinot Gris and Rosé. Dave Clouston notes 2017 was a difficult growing season, and the wines are accordingly lighter.


Black Cottage Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2017

Sauvignon Blanc from New Zealand – Marlborough

Bright, very pale straw-yellow colour with slight green hues on the rim. This has a fresh and slender nose with tightly bound and moderately concentrated aromas of gooseberries with fresh herbs, subtle passionfruit and nettle notes, unfolding white floral and mineral nuances. Dry to taste and medium-bodied, the palate has a finely concentrated core with flavours of gooseberries, passionfruit, fresh herbs and white florals. The fruit is up-front and accessible. The mouthfeel possesses soft, lacy acidity and the wine flows along a gently textured line, leading to a gooseberry and herb-nuanced finish. This is an elegantly concentrated, fresh and up-front Sauvignon Blanc with gooseberry, herb and passionfruit flavours on a gentle, dry palate. Serve with salads and vegetables and Pacific Rim fare over the next 2 years. Fruit from the Wairau and Awatere valleys, cool-fermented in stainless-steel to 12.5% alc. and 3.6 g/L RS. 16.5/20 Sep 2017 RRP $18.00

Black Cottage Marlborough Pinot Gris 2017

Pinot Gris from New Zealand – Marlborough

Bright, pale straw-yellow colour with a suggestion of blush. The nose is light with subtle aromas of white stonefruits, pears, white florals and hints of minerals. The nose is soft and gently voluminous. Dry to taste and medium-bodied, the palate has aromatic flavours of white stonefruits and florals, along with honeysuckle notes. The mouthfeel is firm with a tight core, with light phenolic textures and integrated acidity. The flavours recede as the wine carries to a light finish. This is a light, fragrant, dry Pinot Gris with white stonefruit and floral flavours. Match with Asian fare over the next 2 years. Marlborough fruit cool-fermented in tank to 12.5% alc. and 4.4 g/L RS, the wine aged 8 weeks on lees. 16.0+/20 Sep 2017 RRP $18.00

Black Cottage Marlborough Rosé 2017

Rose from New Zealand – Marlborough

Very pale salmon-pink colour, lighter on the rim. The nose is very delicate with restrained aromas of red cherry and berry fruit entwined with red florals and nuances of minerals. Dry to taste and medium-bodied, the palate has delicate flavours of strawberries and cherries with red florals and hints of minerals. This has good presence and vinosity, and the mouthfeel is enlivened by fresh, lacy, thirst-quenching acidity. The wine flows along a fine line, carrying to a light, dry finish showing floral elements. This is a delicately flavoured dry rosé with strawberry and floral notes and mouthwatering acidity. Serve as an aperitif and canapes over the next 18 months to 2 years. Marlborough Pinot Noir fruit cool-fermented in tank to 12.5% alc. and 4.3 g/L RS, the wine aged 8 weeks on lees. 16.0/20 Sep 2017 RRP $18.00
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