Burn Cottage Central Otago Pinot Noir 2010


The inaugural 2009 vintage of Burn Cottage Pinot Noir was launched this time last year to much critical acclaim, with a number of outstanding reviews by highly respected commentators. I too enjoyed the wine (click here to read my review), seeing considerable potential in the wine and the operation. Burn Cottage Vineyard is part of a 24 ha diverse farm operation above Lake Dunstan at Lowburn, near Cromwell, belonging to the Sauvage family from Nevada. The 11 ha of vines sited in a north-east facing amphitheatre are managed strictly to biodynamic principles, as is all he estate. Everything is about quality, as is evident with all aspects of the wine. Traditional vinification, but with the most modern equipment is employed, and the quality is based on tight selection and fruit sorting, as well as minimal and the most gentle handling of the fruit and juice. Claire Mulholland, well-known for her time at Martinborough Vineyard, is the general manager and winemaker, the latter role she shares with Californian Pinot Noir legend Ted Lemon of Littorai. The 10.24 ha of Pinot Noir vines are of mixed age, planting beginning from 2003. Approximately a quarter is Abel clone, with 777, 667, 115, 114, 10/5, UCD5 and others making for a diverse selection. For Burn Cottage, it is the blending of the various blocks and lots that key to the style of the wine. The 2010, the second release, comes from an outstanding vintage, and while a little lower in acidity to the 2009, it also has lower final alcohol. www.burncottage.com


  • Burn Cottage Central Otago Pinot Noir 2010

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