Burn Cottage Central Otago Pinot Noir 2011


With the release of two vintages, the Burn Cottage label of Marquis and Dianne Sauvage has become one of the most exciting for New Zealand Pinot Noir. 10.99 ha of vines of which 10.24 ha of which are devoted to Pinot Noir are part of a 24 ha diverse farm operation at Lowburn, near Cromwell. The vineyard is managed biodynamically and winemaking is under the care of the highly respected Claire Mulholland and Californian Pinot Noir legend Ted Lemon. The close-planted Pinot Noir is separated by blocks, and a diverse range of clones is spread across them, with Abel figuring approximately a quarter of the total supported by 777, 667, 115, 11410/5 and UCD5 and others.

I was impressed with the sheer presence of the brooding 2009 inaugural release (click here to see my review), and even more taken by the 2010, which equally, if not more structured, possessed wonderful vitality. I rated the 2010 vintage the highest of all the Pinot Noirs I reviewed last year (click here to see the review). The 2011 wine has now been released. Marquis Sauvage describes it as more elegant, precise, with more site expression and less obvious fruit, which are the attributes he is seeking where his wines reflect the vineyard. His expectations are open as regards the direction of the wine, and he says "we like to say that we have no idea where Burn Cottage is going stylistically.” He adds, "We have no desire to impose any style model on it.” Here is my review of the new wine. www.burncottage.com


  • Burn Cottage Central Otago Pinot Noir 2011

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