Burn Cottage Moonlight Race Pinot Noir 2018
Burn Cottage Moonlight Race is a very pretty Pinot Noir. Fresh red cherries and ripe dark berries fill the nose with layers of wild herbs, autumnal earth and black tea spices. The dry, medium to full-bodied palate is elegant and delicate with a bright acidity and mellow fine tannins. Fresh red cherries and plums with juicy summer berries, freshly rubbed thyme, dried lavender and hints of cedar carrying on to a long finish.
100% Pinot Noir. The fruit comes from two of Burn Cottage’s estate vineyards: Burn Cottage Vineyard in Lowburn and Sauvage Vineyard in Bannockburn. These northeast facing vineyards lie at the south end of the stunning Pisa Range in the Cromwell Basin, Central Otago. The combination of these two sites produces a vibrant expression of classic Central Otago Pinot Noir.
The name “Moonlight Race” comes from a water pathway that passes through the Burn Cottage property. This pathway is one of the hundred of water channels, or “races”, which were born during the early years of European immigration to bring water down from the Pisa Mountain Range.
Burn Cottage uses biodynamic practices and moon phases to farm their property and vineyard. After indigenous fermentation, the wine ages for 12 months in (25% new) French oak barriques. No filtering before bottling to preserve the character of this noble grape.
How about a refreshing White from Central Otago? Check out Felton Road Bannockburn Chardonnay 2019
AWARDS & ACCOLADES
Appealing for its density and delineated structure up front, yet notes of kirsch, raspberry and five-spice powder are generous and plush, with hints of cedar, gunpowder and dried lavender appearing on the long finish. Drink now through 2036.
This has attractive aromas of fresh red cherries, wild herbs, roses and forest wood that lead to a palate that carries ripe, soft red plums, some crunchy pomegranate tang and mellow tannins. Drink now.
A blend of fruit from Lowburn and Bannock burn, the 2018 Moonlight Race Pinot Noir is a round, supple and harmonious effort that outperforms its “second wine” status. Hints of brown sugar and cedar accent damson plums and black cherries, while intricate herbal nuances bring added complexity. Medium to full-bodied, it’s ready to drink now, yet it shows the concentration and length to suggest it will drink well for up to a decade.