2014 Burn Cottage Pinot Noir Central Otago (Biodynamic)

SKU #1298357 97 points Bob Campbell

 Lovely scented pinot noir, with cherry, floral and violet aromas that continue onto the palate where plum, spice and a hint of savoury, earthy character is also evident. A dense, silken-textured wine with considerable power and length.

96-97 points Raymond Chan

 Moderately dark ruby-red colour with purple hues and good depth, lighter edged. The nose is softly full and densely packed with deep, concentrated aromas of ripe black cherry and dark-red berry fruits softly integrated with layers of complexing savoury dark thyme herbs, stalky whole bunch perfumes and nuances of liquorice and raspberry liqueur. Subtle dark red floral elements emerge with aeration. Medium-full bodied, the palate is rich and softly concentrated with complex flavours of ripe dark red berry fruits and dark plums, along with waves of savoury dark herbs in an amalgam of whole cluster stalk notes. The mouthfeel is smooth in flow, but the substantial structure an extraction provides real presence. The acidity is softly integrated and as the wine flows, the richness blossoms with dark red florals, the richness leading to a densely concentrated, lingering finish of black fruits, plums, earth and herbs. This is a very rich and densely concentrated, complex-layered Pinot Noir with dark fruits, herbs and whole cluster detail. Match with lamb, beef, and casseroles over the next 7-9+ years. Fruit from 24% ‘Block 7’, 21% ‘Block 1’, 19% ‘Block 2’, 16% ‘Block 4’ and 10% each from ‘Blocks 6 and 8’, fermented with 17% whole bunches to 13.4% alc., the wine spending 19 days on skins and aged 12 months in 29% new French oak.

96 points Decanter

 Seductive, floral and gently perfumed with a core of light red fruits and sweet oak. Softly spicy and organic. Complex, plush, soft, generous and enticing. Very fine tannins, exciting wine, long finish. Drinking Window 2018 - 2026.

96 points Sam Kim

 A beautifully composed pinot showing elegance and persistence with dark berry, game, mushroom and toasted almond characters with a hint of floral lift. The palate is succulent and rounded, highlighted by seamless mouthfeel, and shows excellent intensity as well as harmony, finishing extremely long and finely drying. Another compelling pinot noir from Burn Cottage showing exquisite style and complexity. At its best: now to 2025.

93 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 (93+) Medium ruby-purple colored, the 2014 Burn Cottage Vineyard Pinot Noir has a profoundly perfumed nose with well-defined notes of violets, lavender, red roses and fragrant earth over a core of black cherries and mulberries plus a waft of cloves. Medium-bodied with a seamless backbone of finely grained tannins and lively acid, it gives an abundance of pure black and red berry flavors, finishing with superb length.

92 points Vinous

 (92+) Dark, bright red. Fresh, subtly complex aromas of dark berries, violet and minerals, plus a whiff of wild thyme. Juicy, vibrant and penetrating; classically dry but utterly seamless as well, with the red and darker fruit flavors energized by spices, flowers and white pepper. Most impressive today on the very long, firm finish, which leaves the palate vibrating. This superb Central Otago Pinot Noir needs at least a couple more years in the bottle to harmonize and blossom. California winemaker Ted Lemon (Littorai Wines) consults extensively here, directing grape-growing and winemaking, with Claire Mulholland, the ex-winemaker at Amisfield, serving as general manager and associate winemaker.

K&L Notes

93 points Wine Front: "It’s a wildly drinkable, lighter-ish expression of Central Otago pinot noir. It’s still full throttle in dark cherry, cola, anise, wet earth and clove-wood spice scents, but the palate sits expansive and more subdued. A lake of placid, dark cherry fruit with a spread of glistening acidity. The wine shows bright fruit, slightly sweet fruit then finishes crisp and with a burr of dusty, puckering tannin. It’s got a feel of elegance and restraint while offering high drinkability. I like it."

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Pinot Noir

- One of France's most legendary grapes and the grape that earned Burgundy its reputation. The parent of varietals like Pinot Gris/Grigio and Pinot Blanc, Pinot Noir is blue to violet to indigo in color with relatively thin skins, and it is said to have been cultivated in France for more than 2,000 years. At its best, Pinot Noir creates elegant wines that are filled with primary red fruit aromas and flavors while young, revealing with an array of secondary characteristics like earth, smoke, violet, truffle and game with age. The varietal is also known, perhaps better than any, for its ability to translate terroir, or a sense of place. While the best Pinot Noir still comes from Burgundy, it is being produced with increasing success in cooler climates around the world. In France, it is part of the trifecta of grapes that can go into Champagne, and it is also grown in Alsace, Irancy, Jura, Savoie, Lorraine and Sancerre. Outside of France it is produced under the names Pinot Nero and Blauburgunder in Italy's mountainous regions, as Spätburgunder in Germany and as Blauburgunder in Austria. In the US, Pinot Noir has found suitable growing conditions in the cooler parts of California, including Carneros, the Russian River Valley, the Anderson Valley, the Sonoma Coast, Monterey County, the Santa Lucia Highlands and Santa Barbara County, as well as in Oregon's Willamette Valley. In recent years, New Zealand has demonstrated its ability to interpret this hard-to-grow varietal, with successful bottlings coming from careful and attentive growers in Central Otago, Martinborough and Canterbury. Chile is also an up-and-coming region for Pinot Noir, creating fresh, fruit-forward, early-drinking and affordable Pinots from the coastal Casablanca Valley and the Limari Valley.
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New Zealand

- New Zealand is an extremely diverse wine-growing nation. The long history of producing wine started in the 1830s with wineries such as Mission Estate (1850) and Te Mata Estate (1896) still producing wine today. The two islands hold a multitude of different growing climates ranging from warmer areas such as Hawke’s Bay to very cool regions such as Waitaki, and Awatere. Most regions are defined as Maritime with the exception being Central Otago that has a moderate Continental climate with the high elevation creating dramatic diurnal swings in temperature. The plethora of grapes grown in New Zealand reflects this diverse microclimate make up. Everything has a place here, Bordeaux varietals and Syrah in Hawke’s Bay, Chardonnay and Pinot in Nelson, Pinot Noir and Riesling in Central Otago , aromatic whites in Waipara and pretty much everything you can imagine in Marlborough. New Zealand is also one of the “greenest” wine producing nations on earth (94% of wine certified sustainable in 2013) with a strong focus on organic and Biodynamic farming.
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