Burn Cottage pinot pleasures

Burn Cottage has continued to make top pinot from their own vineyard. (Photo: Burn Cottage Wines)

Burn Cottage’s pinot noir releases are always noteworthy. This high-flying pinot producer established their first Central Otago vineyard in a northeast-facing amphitheatre at the south end of the Pisa Range. With the help of rockstar winemaker Ted Lemon of Littorai Wines in Sonoma County, they produced an absolutely stunning pinot noir in their first vintage in 2009.

Burn Cottage’s 2016 Burn Cottage Vineyard Pinot Noir is an absolute cracker of a wine.

Since then they have continued to make top pinot from their own vineyard, an impressive pinot noir from the Valli vineyard in Gibbston and an excellent Moonlight Race Pinot Noir from three vineyards in the Cromwell Basin. They also make an interesting blended white from riesling and grüner veltliner.

The 2016 Burn Cottage Moonlight Race Pinot Noir is made from a blend of grapes from Burn Cottage’s original vineyard together with grapes from a second vineyard in the Pisa Range area, and those from a third vineyard in the east bank of Lake Dunstan. This is a very serious pinot noir for a ‘second-string’ wine. A little closed right now but with the potential to gain an extra couple of points with the benefit of bottle age. (NZD $45)

Burn Cottage’s 2016 Burn Cottage Vineyard Pinot Noir is an absolute cracker of a wine. It earned my top score for a Burn Cottage pinot noir, equal to their spectacular first release in 2009. An extraordinary wine with impressive power. Easy to love now but has cellaring potential. (NZD $65)

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