Marlborough might be famous for their Sauvignon Blanc, but they do a great job with other grape varieties as well. There is a distinct character to all the grapes grown in the Marlborough Valley and we think the best vehicle for expressing a region’s terroir is the Pinot Noir grape. Black Cottage Pinot is a deep garnet color, displaying aromas of black cherry, violets, and forest floor. The palate has hints of tart red fruits balanced by notes of chocolate with cardamom, chai, and pink peppercorns giving way to a balanced and refreshingly light finish.
100% Pinot Noir
Clay and loam with essential diurnal temperatures for bright fruit character.
Winemaker: David Clouston & Sanna Sander
Fermentation in steel with hand-plunging, then aging for six months in French barrique.
Pinot Noir needs no introduction. It is one of the most popular grapes in the world, especially here in the United States. This thin-skinned grape however is very transparent to the terroir in which it is grown, so you can see many different expressions throughout the world and across different vintages. The cool diurnal effect at night in the Marlborough Valley is integral in the unique character and expression of this coveted grape.
One of the reasons Pinot Noir is so popular is that it works with just about everything. Ideal for chicken, pork, and small game, it is also popular accompaniment with salmon and is often times enjoyed on its own for its sheer drinkability.