Burn Cottage joins our NZ portfolio

16 December 2015

Burn Cottage joins our NZ portfolio

We are pleased to add Central Otago‘s Burn Cottage Vineyard to our range of premium New Zealand Pinot Noirs.

On purchasing the Burn Cottage property in 2002, the Sauvage family sought the involvement of Pinot Noir expert Ted Lemon, whose 30 years’ experience working with the variety in Burgundy, and then as owner-winemaker at Littorai in Sonoma County, made him the natural choice for the new owners. The first blocks of Pinot Noir were planted in 2003 and, on Ted’s recommendation, Burn Cottage has been farmed biodynamically from the outset. Ted’s passion for wines with a ‘sense of place’ led to 60 soil pits being dug to divide the estate into blocks according to soil profile, aspect and exposure, then planted using 10 Pinot Noir clones on five different rootstocks to achieve greater complexity in the resulting wines. In the winery, Ted works alongside Claire Mulholland, who joined the team in 2010 and is widely respected for her years as head winemaker at both Martinborough Vineyards and Amisfield in New Zealand.

David Gleave MW, managing director of Liberty Wines, says: “We are thrilled to add the stunning Burn Cottage wines to our already impressive line-up of New Zealand Pinot Noirs. Ted and Claire are using estate grown fruit, site selection and low intervention (wild yeasts, whole bunch fermentation, minimal new oak, no filtration) to achieve the purest expression of grape variety and land. Their alluringly perfumed wines are exciting expressions of Central Otago Pinot Noir.”

Named after the Burn Cottage Road on which it lies, the fully integrated 24-hectare estate supports a herd of Highland cattle, a flock of sheep, beehives, olive groves and native species of flora, in addition to the 10 hectares of Pinot Noir vines and the companion plants employed in the biodynamic management of the vineyards.

Since their first vintage in 2009, the estate has produced the single vineyard Burn Cottage Pinot Noir, which sports an elaborately illustrated label depicting the Goethe fairytale of the Green Snake and the Beautiful Lily. New from the 2014 vintage, and intended for earlier drinking, the ‘Moonlight Race’ Pinot Noir is named after the water pathway – or ‘race’ – that runs through the property. Fruit for this wine is sourced from the Burn Cottage Vineyard, plus two others with which they work closely.

The Burn Cottage Pinot Noir is available now, with the new ‘Moonlight Race‘ Pinot Noir to follow in early February 2016.