Burn Cottage, Moonlight Race Central Otago Pinot Noir 2015

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    New Zealand

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    Central Otago

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  • Grape:

    Pinot Noir

  • Grape Blend:

    Pinot Noir 100%

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  • Winemaker:

    Ted Lemon

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Burn Cottage Moonlight Race Central Otago Pinot Noir 2015 - Wine

Tasting Notes

A myriad of dark berry fruits, wild rosehip and thyme and enticing savoury undertones of truffle and autumnal earth. The palate displays both generosity and restraint, with textural tannins that are supported by dark cherry and forest floor notes. The finish is long, with the wine showing lovely fruit purity and definition.

Production Notes

The team at Burn Cottage worked closely with the other growers throughout the season, and the wines were nurtured using their traditional care and attention. The Pinot Noir underwent indigenous ferments for around 19 days, with 22% of the fruit kept as whole clusters. After 12 months in French oak barriques, of which 25% were new, the wine was bottled unfined.

Critics Reviews

Wine Advocate 91pts (2016)  - Delicate notes of sous-bois, beets, raspberries and cherries all emerge on the nose of the 2016 Moonlight Race Pinot Noir, which blends fruit from Burn Cottage's own estate vineyard with a couple of nearby sites. It's medium-bodied, silky and easy-drinking on the palate, with a soft tea-like, herbal note on the finish.

JancisRobinson.com 17pts (2016) - Light and fresh. Very subtle and savoury. So appetising. Nothing out of place and a great imprint on the palate. Long.

Producer Profile

Burn Cottage refers to the name of the road that this 28 hectare property sits on in Central Otago. The estate was once a sheep paddock until it was purchased by Marquis Sauvage in 2002. Marquis brought on board Ted Lemon of Littorai as their winemaker and together they started planting Pinot Noir in 2003. Six years later, they released their first wine in 2009. To find suitable plots to plant on, they dug 60 soil pits and have subsequently selected ten Pinot Noir clones to plant on five different rootstocks tailored to the different soil profiles. Burn Cottage has the unique distinction of being the first and only Central Otago estate that has been practicing biodynamic since day one, Ted Lemon's one stipulation for his involvement. The winemaking at Burn Cottage is best described as 'minimal intervention'. There is no addition of yeasts or bacteria for fermentations, with minimal sulphur use and no filtration before bottling. The 'Moonlight Race' Pinot Noir is named after a water pathway or 'race' that passes through the property. The grapes come from both Burn Cottage's biodynamic vineyards and two other vineyards that they work closely with. Aged in French oak barrels for 12 months before release, this is a wine meant for earlier drinking. Burn Cottage Pinot Noir, on the other hand, comes all from estate fruit and will develop beautifully with age. Both of the Pinot Noirs contain a skilful use of whole-bunch fermentation giving them a lifted fragrance that makes them so seductive. At the time of planting new vines, back in 2007, the aspect of one particular plot in the vineyard did not suit Pinot Noir so the team planted just over one hectare of Riesling and Gruner Veltliner, harvesting the first crop in 2014. Grapes for the Riesling/Gruner Veltliner were vinified separately and aged for 11 months in old oak barriques before bottling. With attractive aromas of beeswax, white pepper and zesty lime flower, this wine is rich on the palate with well-balanced, bright acidity. In 2018 Burn Cottage bought the Sauvage Vineyard, 5.8 hectares of Pinot Noir located in Bannockburn on the north east side of Felton Road. 2018 was the first harvest from this vineyard. For now the fruit from this site will be used in the Moonlight Race blend, but watch this space for the release of a single vineyard wine from this site.