Burn Cottage refers to the name of a road that this 24 hectare property sits on near Cromwell in Central Otago. The estate, once a sheep paddock, was purchased by Marquis Sauvage in 2002 who started planting Pinot Noir in 2003.
The Moonlight Race Pinot Noir is from fruit produced on Burn Cottage’s own biodynamic farmed estate vineyard, along with two other vineyards in the Central Otago region. One site is farmed sustainably and another organically with some biodynamic input. The mix creates a vibrant reflection of classic Central Otago Pinot Noir.
The name “Moonlight Race” comes from a water channel, or “race”, that runs through the property that was created in the early years of European settlement to bring water down from the mountains.
The Pinot Noir for “Moonlight Race” underwent indigenous yeast fermentation for around 17 days, with 15% of the fruit kept as whole clusters. Tanks were hand plunged three to four times per day during fermentation. After 12 months in French Oak barriques (20% new) the wine was bottled, unfiltered.
The nose shows a myriad of herb and spice undertones interwoven with layers of ripe summer berries. The palate is both generous and restrained, with plump and supple tannins that are supported by a mix of plum, dark cherry and red fruit flavours. The finish is long, the wine showing lovely fruit purity and definition.
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