Burn Cottage 2014 Riesling Gruner, Valli Vineyard and Burn Cottage Pinot Noirs

The Burn Cottage winegrowing operation of Marquis Sauvage in the Lowburn district of Central Otago was immediately successful from the inaugural 2009 vintage Pinot Noir release. This isn’t surprising with the involvement of America guru Ted Lemon and talented New Zealander Claire Mulholland as winemakers. The 11 ha vineyard with 10.24 ha of a mix of Pinot Noir clones is managed biodynamically by Shane Livingstone. There are also 0.51 ha of Riesling and 0.24 ha of Gruner Veltliner planted over 2007 and 2008 on the arguably the leanest part of the vineyard. All up, the Burn Cottage estate production will be around 5,000 cases of wine annually.

It appears that Burn Cottage is now beginning to fulfil the potential of the vineyard and indeed grow beyond its limitations. Last year, Burn Cottage introduced the ‘Moonlight Race’ Pinot Noir 2014 where the Burn Cottage fruit was supplemented by grapes from ‘Northburn’ vineyard as well as the ‘Cox’ vineyard in the Gibbston Valley. This was a very high quality wine (click here to see my review). This year, Burn Cottage has entered into a collaboration with Grant Taylor of Valli Vineyards where Grant has acquired some Burn Cottage Pinot Noir fruit to make his interpretation of a wine from the Lowburn site, and the Burn Cottage team have obtained Pinot Noir fruit from Grant’s Gibbston Valley vineyard so they can make their version of a wine from that site. The comparisons will be utterly fascinating as we will see both winemaker signature and terroir. (Click here to see my review of the Valli 2014 wines, including the Valli ‘Burn Cottage Vineyard’ Pinot Noir.) My impressions are that the winemaker signature is evident in the Valli and Burn Cottage wines, and that the winemakers have worked the fruit they are more familiar with to a greater degree for a more complete wine.

And now, Burn Cottage have released their inaugural white wine, a blend of the fruit from the Riesling and Gruner Veltliner vines, now yielding fruit. Here, I review the Riesling/Gruner Veltliner, the ‘Valli Vineyard’ Pinot Noir and ‘Burn Cottage’ Pinot Noir, all from the 2014 vintage. www.burncottage.com


  • Burn Cottage Central Otago Riesling/Gruner Veltliner 2014
  • Burn Cottage ‘Valli Vineyard’ Gibbston Central Otago Pinot Noir 2014
  • Burn Cottage ‘Burn Cottage Vineyard’ Central Otago Pinot Noir 2014

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