Burn Cottage ‘Moonlight Race’ Central Otago Pinot Noir 2014

One of the most exciting Pinot Noir developments in Central Otago has been the establishment of Burn Cottage Vineyard in the Pisa region of Central Otago. The inaugural 2009 vintage hit the ground running, and every vintage release has followed suite. The 2010 vintage wine was my highest pointed Pinot Noir in 2012 (click here to see my review).

Owned by Marquis Sauvage, Burn Cottage has guru Sonoma winemaker Ted Lemon as the winemaker and the highly experienced and regarded Claire Mulholland as resident winemaker and general manager. Olivia Ross joined the winemaking team last year, and Shane Livingston is the viticulturist with a long working history in biodynamics. The property on Burn Cottage Road is holistically managed biodynamically in great detail with emphasis on clonal diversity and the distinctive expression of the different blocks allowing for the best blending. With just over 10 ha of Pinot Noir, the maximum annual production of 5,000 cases is tiny in global terms.

With the 2014 vintage, Burn Cottage have introduced the ‘Moonlight Race’ Pinot Noir, which supplements their estate fruit with grapes from the ‘Northburn’ vineyard and the ‘Cox’ vineyard in Gibbston. The ‘Northburn’ vines are 12-16 y.o. and managed organically. The ‘Cox’ vines are 14 y.o. and the property is sustainably farmed. This wine extends the Burn Cottage portfolio and volumes, as well as offering an expression of Central Otago Pinot Noir in a broader sense. The wine is named after a water pathway which passes through the estate property. I review the wine, which is due for release on 1 October, here. www.burncottage.com


  • Burn Cottage ‘Moonlight Race’ Central Otago Pinot Noir 2014

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