Burn Cottage Riesling / Grüner Veltliner 2017

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The reviews;

'Such character! Lime cordial, dusty spices, peach, white flowers, thyme etc. It’s juicy and just off dry, intensity of flavour almost like a Starburst, with a fine chalky texture, crushed rocks kind of thing, some preserved lemon tang and gentle bitterness, a bit savoury too, and very long. It’s compelling and fun at once. Good now, probably later too, but kind of hard to resist.' 95 points. Gary Walsh, The Wine Front February 2020

'Pale gold with high-tone citrus florals, white peach and pear set beneath a faint veil of togarashi spice. Slippery, not slick, juicy but dry, with crisp acidity and pleasing phenolic persistence.' Daniel Honan, Gourmet Traveller WINE January 2020

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It's up for debate between Patagonia and Central Otago as the most southern wine region in the world. Either way, that gives you an idea of just how far south it is. This means short winter days and long summer days, all with dramatic shifts in temperatures often within mere hours. 

Central Otago was pioneered by a handful of producers, in various corners of the region; Rippon in Wanaka, Black Ridge in Earnscleugh/Alexandra,  and Gibbston Valley wines and Chard Farm in Gibbston Valley. The early 80s marked the beginning of commercial winemaking in the region with this dedicated quartet. Taking their advice from local farmers and stone fruit growers. In a blink of an eye in wine terms, Pinot Noir from Central Otago quickly emerged on the world stage with an impressive debut. The region shot to fame in Pinot circles for the quintessential NZ 'pungency', expressive and sometimes enormous flavours. The 2000's marked the coming of age for the region as winemakers and viticulturists began to refine their last 20-30 years experience with this semi desert region. 

The Sub-regions of Central Otago are listed from south to north are; Earnscleugh/Alexandra, Gibbston Valley, Bannockburn, Lowburn, Bendigo, Wanaka and Waitaki (although in North Otago, the region is so small it's best to consider it alongside Central Otago)

Today, Pinot Noir is barely over 5% of New Zealand's wine growing acreage, and most of it is (upwards of 80%) is still planted to Pinot Noir. Riesling is the dark horse here as well as some extra lithe yet lush Chardonnay. Pinot Noir here under the best producers have reached a stage of elegant power, singing natural acidity and perfume yet with that oh so satiating 'Otago' suppleness. 

Our favourite producers from the area are;  Akitu, Alpine Wine Co., Felton Road, Burn Cottage, Mount Edward, Prophets Rock, Rippon and Valli.

In the sub-region of Lowburn, nestled at the foothills of the distinctive Pisa Range, lies the 24 hectare Burn Cottage estate. This is a southern project of famed Californian winemaker Ted Lemon (of Littorai) and the Sauvage family from Mornington Peninsula. 

Burn Cottage is focused on Biodynamics, ensuring the utmost care and respect for their vineyard is shown at every step of the vine growing and winemaking process. The proof is in the wines, which share serious vivacity and x factor.
As if there weren't enough talent in the mix, head winemaker and Central Otago local; Claire Mulholland leads a dedicated team, providing highly anticipated releases each year. 

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