Black Cottage Pinot Noir 2018

  • Sourced from the Wairau Valley with some fruit from the Awatere Valley
  • Excellent value NZ Pinot Noir!
  • Made by the talented, young Owner/Winemaker David Clouston
  • 1 or more bottles
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  • Wine Enthusiast
    90 points

Editors notes

Sourced from the Southern Valleys with some fruit from the Awatere Valley. This Pinot Noir went through 100% stainless steel fermentation and was hand plunged. This brought out the perfumed berry fruit as well as increasing the silky mouthfeel of the wine. The wine was then aged for six months with French oak.

Aromas of cherry cola, violets, star anise and pink peppercorns. Black forest chocolate notes, tobacco leaf, Danish liquorice and spice. Berry fruit flavours are supported by grainy tannins and a juicy finish.


Tasting Profile

  • Light (Light)
    Full (Full)
  • Low Tannin (Low Tannin)
    Tannic (Tannic)
  • Sweet (Sweet)
    Dry (Dry)
  • Low Acidity (Low Acidity)
    High Acidity (High Acidity)
  • Aroma
    • Earthy
    • Herbal
    • Red Fruits
  • Palate
    • Cedar
    • Red Cherry
    • Strawberry

Food Pairings

  • Fish
  • Game
  • Poultry

Critic Scores & reviews

  • Wine Enthusiast

    "There's an autumnal feel about this wine: wet leaves over damp earth, the smoky remnants of a campfire off in the distance. Combine that with notes of ripe cranberries, strawberries, florals and white pepper spice, and the result is an appealing nose indeed. It's light to medium bodied, laced with savory, stalky tannins, an earthy core and a cranberry tang right through to the end."

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New Zealand

The New Zealand wine industry is one of the younger wine regions in the world, whose popularity grew immensely when Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc hit the world wine scene, quite unique in style when compared to the typical French Sancerre.

Wine is successfully cultivated on both the North and South islands from a latitude of 36 degrees in the North to 45 degrees for the most southerly wine region in the world, the South Island's Central Otago. The majority of regions are located in free-draining alluvial valleys except for Waiheke Island and Kawarau Gorge in Central Otago and benefit from the moderating effect of the maritime climate as no vineyard is more than 80 miles from the ocean. With plentiful sunshine hours and cool evening sea breezes, the grapes thrive.

Sauvignon Blanc is the major white variety people will think of when you mention New Zealand Whites, however fantastic Chardonnay, Riesling, Pinot Gris, Gewurztraminer and less commonly Viognier, Chenin Blanc and Pinot Blanc. Pinot Noir is the most widely planted red variety in New Zealand although Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot (Bordeaux Blends), Syrah are also grown and in even smaller amounts, Tempranillo and Montepulcianos can too be found. Sparkling wines of very high standards are also made in New Zealand.

The key wine regions in New Zealand include Auckland, Canterbury, Central Otago, Gisborne, Hawke's Bay, Marlborough and Nelson.


When it comes to New Zealand wine, the first thought that often comes to mind is Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc. This varietal has played a key role in propelling New Zealand onto the world wine stage.

Located in the northern part of the South Island, the region is centered around the town of Blenheim. In the past, the area was primarily used for sheep farming, but that all changed when Montana Wines planted their first vines in 1973. At the time, many believed the region was "too far south to grow good wine," but Marlborough proved them wrong. Although Central Otago has since claimed the title of the southernmost wine region in the country, Marlborough remains one of the most renowned.

The region boasts plenty of sunshine hours, relatively low rainfall, and cool temperatures, creating ideal conditions for producing world-class Sauvignon Blanc. Other white varieties grown in the region include Chardonnay, Riesling, Pinot Gris, Gewurztraminer, and Sparkling wines. While Pinot Noir is the dominant red variety grown in the region, it is typically lighter-bodied than those produced in Central Otago or Martinborough.

About the brand Black Cottage

Situated in the heart of the Wairau sub-regions of Marlborough, winemaker/owner David Clouston crafts delicious Sauvignon Blanc, Pinot Noir, Pinot Gris, Chardonnay, Pinot Rose that over-deliver. His Black Cottage Sauvignon Blanc has won multiple awards over the years.

Black Cottage’s Two Rivers Wines range includes 10 wines - Convergence Sauvignon Blanc, Tributary Pinot Noir, Clos des Pierres Chardonnay, Juliet Riesling, Isle of Beauty Rosé, Brookby Hill Pinot Gris and Syrah plus Altitude Pinot Noir, Sauvignon Blanc and Riesling.

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