Burn Cottage buy in Bannockburn

Map of Bannockburn vineyards showing Burn Cottage’s new purchase ‘The Sluicings’ vineyard (Photo: Supplied)

Burn Cottage, one of Central Otago’s most exciting pinot noir producers, has purchased a 5.8-hectare pinot noir vineyard in Bannockburn, to supplement their 11-hectare vineyard in the foothills of the Pisa range. The vineyard, first planted in 1999, is on Felton Road and sits between the Felton Road MacMuir Vineyard and the Mount Edward Muirkirk Vineyard. Previously called “The Sluicings” it will be re-christened as “Sauvage Vineyard”, the name of Burn Cottage’s American owners.

The new owners have already started to transition the vineyard over to biodynamic farming since the beginning of the growing season in the hope that their purchase would be approved by the Overseas Investment Office, which it was.

Previously called “The Sluicings” it will be re-christened as “Sauvage Vineyard”, the name of Burn Cottage’s American owners.

They plan to use the fruit from the new vineyard in their second label Moonlight Race Pinot Noir until they fully understand the wine it produces, at which time it may be released as a single vineyard wine.

Craggy Range purchased grapes from “The Sluicings” vineyard for several vineyards. I asked Craggy Range’s ex-manager and viticulturist, Steve Smith, what he thought of the vineyard. He was very complimentary, suggesting that Burn Cottage had the resources to develop it into a very fine vineyard indeed.

Bannockburn is, in my view, the “sweet spot” of Central Otago’s wine industry. The Sauvage Vineyard is certainly one to watch.

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