Burn Cottage, Moonlight Race Pinot Noir

Burn Cottage

2016
Central Otago
PRODUCER Burn Cottage refers to the name of a road on which the 24 hectare property sits in Central Otago. The estate was once a sheep paddock until its purchase by Marquis Sauvage in 2002. Marquis brought on board Ted Lemon of Littorai as their winemaker and in 2003, they started planting Pinot Noir. Six years later, they released their first wine. VINEYARDS 'Moonlight Race' incorporates fruit from three vineyards; Burn Cottage's own biodynamic estate (21%), organically managed Northburn Vineyard (20%) and sustainably farmed Mark II Vineyard (59%). The marriage creates a vibrant reflection of classic Central Otago Pinot Noir. Burn Cottage Vineyard is a natural northeast facing amphitheatre at the south end of the Pisa Range in the Cromwell Basin. It lies to the west of Lake Dunstan at 240 - 310 metres above sea level, with soils of broken down schist and granite, old river beds and outwash of ancient glaciers. Vine age is 11-13 years. Northburn Vineyard is located in the Cromwell Basin on the east bank of Lake Dunstan. Gently sloping northwest to southeast, elevation here is 200 - 257 metres above sea level. Soils are a mix of glacial fans and washes previously used for alluvial gold: stony loams, river stones, clays and schist. Vine age is 13-17 years. Mark II Vineyard is located in the foothills of the Pisa range around 12 km north of Cromwell. The highest of the three sites, it is set on north and east facing slopes at elevations of 250-350 metres. Soils originate from tertiary glacial deposits: fine clays, schist, quartz, manganite and free draining gravel loams. Vine age is 15 years. VINIFICATION 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 18 days, with 22% of the fruit kept as whole clusters. After 12 months in French oak barriques, of which 19% were new, the wine was bottled unfined. TASTING NOTES This wine has aromas of cherry, rosehip and spices with enticing savoury undertones of truffle and autumnal earth. On the palate, good concentration and supple tannins lead to a long, lingering finish.
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Pinot Noir
Alcohol-abv
13.5%
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Central Otago

Central Otago

Central Otago, near the bottom of New Zealand's South Island, vies for the title of world's most southerly wine region. Vineyards cling to the sides of mountains and high above river gorges in this dramatic landscape. Pinot Noir has proven itself in this challenging terroir, and takes up nearly three-quarters of the region's vineyard area. The typical Central Otago Pinot Noir is intense and deeply colored, with flavors of doris plum, sweet spice and bramble.

One of the most distinctive features of Central Otago as a wine region is its marginal continental climate, with extreme seasonal and diurnal temperature variations. This shortens and intensifies the growing season and poses a frost risk for an extended period of the year. For this reason, many Otago vineyards occupy hillside sites, angled towards the sun, and reduce the risk of frost damage by keeping cold, dense air on the move. In contrast to the frost-threatened days of spring, summer days in Central Otago are dry and hot. The region's continentality brings it higher daily average temperatures than those found anywhere else in New Zealand. Hot days are balanced out by cool nights, which moderate the ripening process and help to create the brightness and intensity for which the region's wines are known. As regards of grape varieties girown: Pinot Noir flourishes in the Central Otago, with a variety of stunning expressions being crafted in the numerous sub-regions. The region is also renowned for producing excellent aromatics, Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc.

In Central Otago was also the most southerly (at 45°15') wine-estate Two Paddocks, but several major Patagonian projects are underway at around 45 to 46°, and Argentina can currently claim the honour.