David saw a chance to start a wine brand, which could deliver great ‘drinkability’ and offered growers long term contracts (that are both fair and offer a sustainable future for all). David works closely with his select growers, and is involved with the day to day viticultural decisions, as well as orchestrating the development of new vineyards in the most extreme micro climates of the Awatere and Wairau valleys. David lives at the Black Cottage with his wife Pip and trusty sidekick Bruno (the Staffordshire Bull Terrier). The Black Cottage is now famous for a good night out and a place to enjoy an endless Sunday summer BBQ. When searching for a name for the new brand, friends could only associate the wines with a good time, and hence, the Black Cottage brand was born. Black Cottage wines don’t take themselves too seriously. They are pure, focused, with lip smacking acidity, loads of chewy fruit and fine tannins. Combining select parcels of fruit with modern and alternative winemaking techniques, we strive to create very special wines which are approachable and delicious. It is also the quiet space in which he contemplates and constructs the very special wines on which he has built a fine reputation. Once tasted you will not want to leave!
This rich and succulent Pinot Gris is filled with vibrant aromas of roses, pear and exotic spices, supported with flavours of stone fruit, ginger and a hint of natural sweetness.