Black Cottage

Dave Clouston’s Black Cottage offers a range of wines full of character, or in their words, wines with ‘gusto’. Nested alongside Marlborough’s Opawa River, this estate offers a truly unique experience with its relaxed, down-to-earth vibes yet producing seriously good wines. Combining selected parcels of fruit with modern and alternative winemaking techniques, David strives to create very special wines which are approachable yet intense and full of character.

The grapes for the Sauvignon Blanc are sourced from two different plots both located in the heart of Wairau Valley in the Marlborough region. The stony soil and the long summer days present perfect growing conditions to harvest grapes with those classic punchy Marlborough characteristics: nettle and gooseberry with hints of fresh passion fruit on the finish. The fruit for the Pinot Noir is from Central Otago from a single vineyard in the Cromwell Basin. The 10-year-old vines are starting to deliver wines with depth and personality, while the diurnal temperature swings (from 30 +°C in the day to 5°C degrees at night) producing Pinot Noirs with pure fruit characters and bright acidity.

The wines from this estate have garnered many accolades such as four stars from Winestate magazine and Michael Cooper’s Fine Wine Buying Guide.

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(Sauvignon Blanc Marlborough 2016) ‘It is impressively aromatic on the nose displaying passionfruit, nectarine, lime zest and sweet basil characters. The palate is juicy and vibrant, and delivers loads of tasty flavours backed by refreshing acidity. The wine offers excellent fruit purity and all the classic Marlborough sauvignon flavours. At its best: now to 2019.’ 93 points, Sam Kim, Wine Orbit (August 2016)

(Sauvignon Blanc Marlborough 2016)“Bright  pale  straw  colour,  lighter  on  the  rim. The  nose  is  tightly  bound  with  fresh and  youthful  aromas  of  gooseberry  and  citrus  fruits  melded  with  mineral  notes,unfolding  nuances  of  fresh  herbs  and  cut  grass. The  aromatics  have  intensity  and  depth. Dry to taste and medium bodied, the palate is fine in concentration with a core of gooseberry fruit entwined with citrus  and lively acidity lifting the fruitness. The wine has good linearity and fine textures that carry to a fresh, zesty finish of gooseberries, passion fruit and minerals.  This is a finely concentrated soft-textured, gently fruity Sauvignon Blanc with a good line of gooseberry and passion fruit flavours.” 4 stars 17/20, Raymond Chan, Raymond Chan Wine Reviews (August 2016)