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Burn Cottage Sauvage Vineyard Pinot Noir 2018

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This is a brand new single vineyard release, made possible with the acquirement of the Sauvage vineyard on the famed Felton Road in Bannockburn. Expect thyme, dark cherry, porcini, a little beetroot and layers of spice. Bannockburn wines are the height of 'velvet' for Central Otago and in the hands of Claire.... this wine is formidable. 

From Claire (Burn Cottage winemaker); 'Our new addition to Burn Cottage is the Sauvage Vineyard in Bannockburn. The vineyard is located under hills once prized for gold in this region, now cloaked in wild thyme and rosehip. The land below is widely sought after for Pinot Noir, and the foothills are framed with vines. comprises a mix of clones from different areas within the site. Enticing aromas of spice, mushrooms, and dark red fruits accompany earth and herb tones. The palate shows wonderful elegance and focus, supported by a textural core, with fine lengthy tannins driving persistence. Expected cellaring 7-10 years. It has 5.8 hectares of established Pinot Noir vineyard planted in 1999, located on the northeast side of Felton Road where it sits between the Felton Road MacMuir Vineyard and the Mt Edward Muirkirk Vineyard.'

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Once your payment has been approved, we will book your delivery in through Sendle via either Couriers Please or FastWay / Aramex, for next available pickup. Please allow 4-5 days for most metro areas and up to 10 days for more remote places, (although delivery may occur sooner than quoted). Please note that wine will only be delivered to persons over 18 years of age. You will receive an email notification once your order has been dispatched.

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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