Country: New Zealand Region: Central Otago Vintage: 2016
Category: Red Wine Color: Red Varietal: Pinot Noir/Nero
Producer: Burn Cottage
"Burn Cottage refers to the name of a road that the 24 hectare property sits on in Central Otago. The estate was once a sheep paddock until it was purchased by Marquis Sauvage in 2002. Marquis brought on board Ted Lemon of Littorai as their winemaker and together they started planting Pinot Noir in 2003.
Six years later, they released their first wine in 2009. To find suitable plots to plant on, they dug 60 soil pits and have subsequently selected ten Pinot Noir clones to plant on five different rootstocks tailored to the different soil profiles. Burn Cottage has the unique distinction of being the first and only Central Otago estate that has been biodynamic since day one, Ted Lemon's one stipulation for his involvement.
The winemaking at Burn Cottage also reflects biodynamic principles with low intervention. There is no addition of yeasts or bacteria for fermentations, with minimal sulphur use and no filtration before bottling. New to Burn Cottage is Moonlight Race Pinot Noir named after a water pathway or 'race' that passes through the property.The Pinot Noir for Moonlight Race comes from both Burn Cottage's biodynamic vineyards and two other vineyards that they work closely with. It is aged in French oak barrels for 12 months before release and is meant for earlier drinking. Burn Cottage Pinot Noir, on the other hand, comes all from estate fruit and will develop beautifully with age. Both of the Pinot Noirs contain a skilful use of whole-bunch fermentation giving them a lifted fragrance that makes them so seductive. We are truly delighted to add these stunning Pinot Noirs to our list."
Product Features: Practicing Biodynamic;Practicing Organic;
Winemaker: Ted Lemon
To find suitable plots to plant on, 60 soil pits were dug and 10 Pinot Noir clones were selected to plant on five different rootstocks tailored to the different soil profiles. Burn Cottage has the unique distinction of being the first and only Central Otago estate that has been biodynamic since day one, Ted Lemon’s one stipulation for his involvement.
The winemaking at Burn Cottage reflects biodynamic principles with low intervention. There is no addition of yeasts or bacteria for fermentations, with minimal sulphur use and no filtration before bottling. The Pinot Noir contains a skilful use of 24% whole-bunch fermented grapes to achieve a lifted fragrance. The wine was aged in French barrels, 22% of which were new oak.
The 2014 vintage has delivered a seductive and enticing wine that offers intriguing aromas of sun ripened red fruits, earl grey tea and an underlying character of autumnal leaves and wet stones. The palate is youthful and vibrant, with an elegance and richness that is characteristic of Burn Cottage vineyard. The red berry fruit flavours combine with wild thyme and rich savoury notes, and are supported by beautifully poised tannins that give depth to the long, mouth-watering finish.
Closure: Natural Cork ABV:13.5% Acidity [g/l]: 4.8