Burn Cottage refers to the name of the road on which this 28 hectare property sits in Lowburn, Central Otago. The estate was once a sheep paddock until it was purchased by Marquis Sauvage in 2002. Marquis enlisted Ted Lemon of Sonoma Coast’s famous Littorai as their winemaker and together they decided to plant Pinot Noir in 2003. Burn Cottage is distinguished in Central Otago as the first and only estate in the region to have practised biodynamics since day one. This was Ted Lemon’s one stipulation for his involvement. The winemaking at Burn Cottage is best described as ‘minimal intervention’. There is no addition of yeasts or bacteria for fermentations, with minimal sulphur use and no filtration before bottling.
On the nose, layers of aromatic redcurrant, bright cherry and floral notes are underpinned by savoury hints of tea, earth and fern. The palate is vibrant and focused, supported with seamless balance. The concentrated flavours are well-balanced with silky, fine-grained tannins and crunchy acidity, bringing great finesse to this wine.