2014 Burn Cottage "Moonlight Race" Pinot Noir Central Otago

SKU #1329432 93 points Bob Campbell

 A new label for Burn Cottage, from three vineyards: the estate vineyard in the Cromwell Basin, Northburn Vineyard on the other side of Lake Dunstan and Cox vineyard in the Gibbston region. Reasonably soft, elegant Pinot Noir with plum, floral, violet, wood smoke, gentle anise spice and oak flavours. Smooth-textured wine with a gentle tannic grip on the finish.

92 points Raymond Chan

 Dark, purple-hued ruby-red colour, lighter on the rim. The nose is restrained and elegantly presented with aromas of dark red berry and black cherry fruit harmoniously melded with notes of black plums, thyme herbs, liquorice and violet florals. The floral aromatics grow with aeration. Medium-full bodied, the palate features bright and juicy dark berry and cherry fruit with flavours of spicy black plums and an array of dark red and violet florals. Nuances of thyme herbs add interest. The mouthfeel is fresh and lively with lacy acidity providing energy for the fine-grained core. The tannins are fine, providing a firm line leading to a long, lingering finish of dark cherries and violets. This is a bright, vibrant, and aromatic Pinot Noir with flavours of dark cherry and plum fruit with a fine-textured structure and line. Match with wild duck and pork dishes over the next 5-6+ years. Clones 10/5, 667, 777 115, 114, 5, 6, and Abel, the fruit 49% ‘Northburn’ vineyard, 38% ‘Burn Cottage; and 13% ‘Cox Family’ vineyard, Gibbston, indigenous yeast fermented with 15% whole bunches to 13.5% alc., the wine on skins 17 days on average and aged 12 months in 19% new French oak.

92 points Wine Spectator

 Bold and expressive, with a black licorice accent to the plum and black cherry core. Hints of orange zest, black tea and sage add aromatic intrigue. Smooth and plush on the long finish. Drink now through 2026.

90 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 (90+) Pale to medium ruby-purple in color, the 2014 Burn Cottage Moonlight Race gives a great intensity of ripe red cherry, cranberry and black raspberry aromas with hints of violets, vanilla, anise and cinnamon stick. Medium-bodied, it fills the palate with expressive red berry and baking spice flavors, supported by velvety tannins and just enough freshness, finishing long and spicy.

K&L Notes

2nd label of Burn Cottage. Made by winemaker Ted Lemon of "Littorai" fame here in California. 93 points Wine Front: "It’s from three vineyards, two in the Cromwell Basin, and one in Gibbston. The Burn Cottage Vineyard (Cromwell Basin) makes up 38% of the blend. Has a smooth ‘natural’ feel to it, with gentle acidity, slippery texture and fine brick dust tannin. Fruit is towards the cherry pie spectrum in the world of cherries, seasoned with aromatic regional herbs, then a juicy sour cherry finish of good length. Feels good. Tastes good."

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Staff Image By: Christina Stanley | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 11/11/2017 | Send Email
This is a lovely Pinot of distinction from Burn Cottage in New Zealand. Ted Lemon, winemaker, is also the founder of Littorai wines in Sonoma County, renowned for their delicious Burgundy varietals. Ted brings that passion and expertise to the heart of this wine, which is fruit driven, light, lifted and clean on the palate, with oodles of exotic spices.

Staff Image By: Ryan Woodhouse | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 11/7/2017 | Send Email
Such an impressive wine (especially at our EXTRA special pricing). This is brimming with mulling spices: clove, citrus peel, cinnamon, nutmeg. Lush dark fruits, sandalwood and some raspberry puree join the mix with a swirl or two and carry through on to the palate. In the mouth the wine is generous with ample fruit and texture. Fine tannins give nice shape to the medium plus body. This is a beautiful release from Burn Cottage / Ted Lemon (Littorai). This wine expertly captures the exotic and extrovert expression of Central Otago Pinot Noir but manages to keep it elegantly restrained in a wine with perfect natural balance and a very moderate 13.5% abv.

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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.

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.