A trio of pinot from Burn Cottage

Burn Cottage vineyards and their Highland cows (Photo: Burn Cottage Wines)

When Burn Cottage released its first pinot noir vintage from 2009 it hit the ground running and has continued to gain traction ever since. Their 24-hectare vineyard in the Pisa Range foothills is rapidly gaining cult status thanks at least in part to consultant (rock star) winemaker Ted Lemon, owner and winemaker of Littorai Wines in California and our very own Claire Mulholland who was the head winemaker at Martinborough Vineyards (tastings) and Amisfield (tastings).

Burn Cottage started as a pinot noir specialist, but in 2014 introduced a quirky riesling, grüner veltliner blend. By swapping pinot noir grapes with Grant Taylor, they now produce a Gibbston pinot noir as well as a three vineyard pinot noir blend called Moonlight Race.

The 2015 Burn Cottage Pinot Noir has an identifiable house/vineyard style, with a strong savoury influence and power that’s delivered with consummate subtlety. It’s a very classy wine with obvious cellaring potential.

I was also impressed by 2015 Burn Cottage Moonlight Race Pinot Noir from Burn Cottage vineyard, Northburn vineyard and Mark II vineyard. It offers a similar mix of subtlety and power, with a core of appealing sweet fruit and a sappy influence from the use of whole clusters during fermentation.

The 2015 Burn Cottage Valli Vineyard Pinot Noir has a style that’s markedly different to the other two Pinots. It’s a high energy wine with densely packed red cherry, fresh herb and spicy flavours. Like the others, it promises to age well.

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