Burn Cottage Riesling/Gruner Veltliner 2015

20-Apr-2017
Burn Cottage is one of Central Otago’s most sought-after Pinot Noir labels. The vineyard has provided high quality wines from its first release of the 2009 vintage, and with each passing year, the wines grow in stature. Of the 11 ha of wines, there are 0.51 ha of Riesling and 0.24 ha of Gruner Veltliner planted in ‘Block 9’ which is the boniest part, and one of the higher altitude sections of the site. The Riesling was planted in 2007 and the Gruner Veltliner in 2008, and the vines have struggled to grow, finally yielding the first commercial Burn Cottage white wine with a 2014 Riesling/Gruner Veltliner blend (click here to see my review). The two varieties are deemed well-suited to each other; on a philosophical level, being the two classic whites of Austria, and in a vinous sense in that Riesling’s character is based on aromatics and acidity, whereas Gruner’s is based on phenolics and presence. Winemakers Ted Lemon and Claire Mulholland have approached the making of the wine by co-fermentation to enhance the integration. Here, I review the 2015 vintage, the second release. www.burncottage.com

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