Black Cottage Central Otago Pinot Noir 2019
As a family run winery, sustainability is at the core of the Black Cottage ethos – they focus on sustainable, small-batch winemaking and are part of the Sustainable Winegrowers New Zealand programme.
David Clouston – founder of the Black Cottage Winery – worked for a number of years at wineries in the USA, France, Spain and Chile before returning to his native Marlborough. He now lives in a wooden cottage in the Wairau Valley that is painted black, after which the winery is named. At the end of 2019 Black Cottage implemented lightweight bottles, designed to reduce the carbon footprint of transportation and from 2020 vintage, most wines are vegan friendly.
The continental Central Otago climate is one of extremes – the fiercely cold nights and long, warm summer days create pure, vibrant fruit. From a vineyard in Cromwell, the fruit is handpicked from traditional Pinot Noir vines. The wine was hand plunged and then matured with French oak for 4 months.