Burn Cottage ‘Moonlight Race’ Central Otago Pinot Noir 2014
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
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Burn Cottage ‘Moonlight Race’ Central Otago Pinot Noir 2014Pinot Noir from New Zealand - OtagoReview Date : 15-Sep-2015Dark, purple-hued ruby-red colour, lighter on the rim. The nose is restrained and elegantly presented with aromas of dark red berry and black cherry fruit harmoniously melded with notes of black plums, thyme herbs, liquorice and violet florals. The floral aromatics grow with aeration. Medium-full bodied, the palate features bright and juicy dark berry and cherry fruit with flavours of spicy black plums and an array of dark red and violet florals. Nuances of thyme herbs add interest. The mouthfeel is fresh and lively with lacy acidity providing energy for the fine-grained core. The tannins are fine, providing a firm line leading to a long, lingering finish of dark cherries and violets. This is a bright, vibrant, and aromatic Pinot Noir with flavours of dark cherry and plum fruit with a fine-textured structure and line. Match with wild duck and pork dishes over the next 5-6+ years. Clones 10/5, 667, 777 115, 114, 5, 6, and Abel, the fruit 49% ‘Northburn’ vineyard, 38% ‘Burn Cottage; and 13% ‘Cox Family’ vineyard, Gibbston, indigenous yeast fermented with 15% whole bunches to 13.5% alc., the wine on skins 17 days on average and aged 12 months in 19% new French oak. 1,865 dozen produced. 18.0+/20 Sep 2015 RRP $45.00