Burn Cottage Pinot Noir Central Otago 2017

96 James Suckling | 94 Wine Advocate | 94 Decanter



Country: New Zealand

Region: Central Otago

Variety: Pinot Noir

Terroir: metamorphic mica and schist

Winemaking: native yeasts, 13% whole cluster fermentation, aged in French oak (25% new); biodynamic

The coveted land in Central Otago where Burn Cottage is located was purchased at auction in 2002 by Marquis and Dianne Sauvage. Burn Cottage has been wholeheartedly committed to the biodynamic farming process and believe that biodiversity is the "cornerstone" of healthy farming. -Skurnik

James Suckling 96
This has very attractive, ripe red-cherry and plum aromas with spicy and sappy complexity, sitting in such a pure mode. The palate has a very composed and compact, layered feel with pristine blueberry, dark-cherry and plum flavors, delivered in an elegant, regal style. From biodynamically grown grapes. Drink or hold.

Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate 94
The 2017 Burn Cottage Vineyard Pinot Noir shows considerable intensity and length, but it starts off with charming floral notes, hints of thyme and cedar and lashings of black cherries. It’s that elusive combination of concentration and complexity, wrapped in a silky coat of ripe tannins, that raises this wine to the next level. It should drink well for a decade or more.

Decanter 94
If you thought Central Otago was all about bright, fruit-driven Pinot, then get this in your glass. This biodynamic vineyard overlooking Cromwell has produced a mellow, savoury and nuanced expression with the most beautifully handled tannins of the vintage – they are mouthcoating yet provide structure in combination with the fresh acidity.


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