Burn Cottage Central Otago Pinot Noir 2016


Burn Collage is one of the cult Central Otago Pinot Noirs which are creating a lot of interest. This attention actually began before any wine was produced, as the Lowburn site was scoped out by wine lover and German winery proprietor Marquis Sauvage who had recruited the consultancy of global wine guru Ted Lemon, based in California. Planting began in 2003 and there are 10.24 ha of close-planted Pinot Noir planted over 10 clones, with 0.51 ha of Riesling and 0.24 ha of Gruner Veltliner. Burn Cottage is run as a biodynamic entity, with the talented Claire Mulholland as winemaker and general manager and Shane Livingston as the vineyard manager. Every wine since the inaugural release with the 2009 vintage has been noteworthy and outstanding. To help commercialise the business, the ‘Moonlight Race’ label which incorporated fruit from other high quality sites was introduced with the 2014 vintage. And earlier this year, it was announced that Burn Cottage acquired a 5.8 ha vineyard on Felton Road in Bannockburn. As the Burn Cottage team become more familiar with the fruit from this vineyard, no doubt the grapes will go into the ‘Moonlight Race’ wine, but in the future it may join the main label, or be a single vineyard wine in its own right. There’s quite a bit of excitement at Burn Cottage. Here I review the new release 2016 Burn Cottage Pinot Noir. Claire Mulholland talks about the wine showing a more refined nature than the 2015. www.burncottage.com


  • Burn Cottage ‘Burn Cottage Vineyard’ Central Otago Pinot Noir 2016

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