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Black Cottage 2018 Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc and ‘Reserve’ Central Otago Pinot Noir

21 September,2018

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. While Dave is a Marlborough focussed man, being born and raised there, he still has his hands in other regions, and one of his most popular wines he makes id the ‘Black Cottage’ ‘Reserve’ Pinot Noir from Central Otago – something that offers a point of difference. Here, I review his 2018 ‘classic’ Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc and ‘Reserve’ Central Otago Pinot Noir, both from the 2018 vintage. www.blackcottagewines.co.nz


Black Cottage Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2018

Sauvignon Blanc from New Zealand – Marlborough


Bright, very pale straw colour with slight green hues, lighter on the edge. The nose is very fresh and fragrant with lifted pungent passionfruit aromas entwined with fresh herbs and tropical fruit, unfolding subtle chalky minerals, forming an elegant core. A little and cut-grass nuance adds detail. Dry to taste and medium-bodied, the palate is elegant and taut in expression with a fine core of pungent passionfruit with soft notes of tropical fruits and herbs. The fruit is fine in concentration and the wine flows along a light line with lacy acid energy, carrying to a restrained, but lingering finish. This is an elegant and tightly bound Sauvignon Blanc with a fine core of passionfruit, herbs and tropical fruit on a smooth-flowing palate with fresh acidity. Match with seafood, salads and vegetables over the next 2 years. Fruit from the Wairau and Awatere Valleys cool-fermented in stainless-steel to 13.0% alc. and 2.6 g/L RS. 17.0/20 Sep 2018 RRP $18.00

Black Cottage ‘Reserve’ Central Otago Pinot Noir 2018

Pinot Noir from New Zealand – Otago


Moderately deep ruby-red colour with slight purple hues, paler on the rim. The nose is fresh and intense with uncomplicated aromas of cherry and raspberry fruit with some whole berry fermentation confectionary-like notes and fragrant red florals. This has aromatic clarity. Medium-full bodied, the palate has sweet and lively, aromatic fruit flavours of cherries and raspberries, with floral and confectionary lift, along with jammy elements, unfolding nuances of liquorice and spice. The fruit forms an elegant core which is supported by light, supple tannins and a line of fresh acidity. The flavours carry to a lingering finish. This is an uncomplicated, youthfully vibrant Pinot Noir with cherry, raspberry and confectionary-like whole berry ferment flavours on an elegant, supple palate. Match with antipasto, tapas and Asian cuisine over the next 3 years. Clones 777, 115, Abel and 667, hand-picked fruit from Alexandra and Cromwell, fermented with 20% whole bunches to 13.5% alc., the wine aged 4 months in French oak. 17.0+/20 Sep 2018 RRP $25.00

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