Burn Cottage Pinot Noir 2018
Enticing layers of floral, berry and spice notes complement earthy aromatics of wet stone and black tea. Silky texture and an attractive seamlessness throughout.
Burn Cottage's Pinot Noir is crafted from carefully selected blocks within Burn Cottage's estate vineyards located in the premium Cromwell Basin sub-region of Central Otago.
The vineyard site is much coveted in the region, as it is sheltered from northerly and southerly winds by large hills and forms a beautiful, protected bowl, like an amphitheatre. The winemaking reflects owners' (and the husband and wife team of Marquis and Dianne Sauvage) biodynamic principles with low intervention, hand harvesting, no addition of yeasts or bacteria for fermentation, and no filtration to keep all the character in. It was aged in (24% new) French barrels.
Burn Cottage, which was previously a sheep station, was bought by the Sauvage family in 2002 who also own the renowned Koehler Rupecht estate in Germany, and farm increasingly to biodynamic principles, with minimal winemaking interference. The vineyard is much coveted as it is sheltered from both northerly and southerly winds by large hills and forms a beautiful, protected bowl.
5 STARS & CLASSIC STATUS - Michael Cooper Buyer's Guide to NZ Wines19+/20 POINTS (5 STARS) - Raymond Chan Wine Reviews, May 2018
Enticing layers of floral, berry and spice notes complement earthy aromatics of wet stone and black tea. With time in the glass deeper savoury notes and richness from the whole cluster use emerge. This vintage has shown wonderful finesse from the outset, with silky texture and an attractive seamlessness throughout. Focused and very elegant, the wine has fine persistent tannins extending to a harmonious finish.