Black Cottage Marlborough Pinot Noir 2020
This wine is dark and brooding with aromas of forest floor, black cherry and chocolate-coated coffee bean. The palate has spicy, peppery notes with thyme, violets and a texture typical to Malborough's Southern Valleys. A juicy Pinot Noir, which would benefit from being decanted. Beautiful with rich foods such as venison or stilton-stuffed portobello mushrooms.
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 light weight bottles, designed to reduce the carbon footprint of transportation.