Burn Cottage is a 28 hectare vineyard, farm, and estate in the foothills of the Pisa range in Central Otago, New Zealand. The vineyard is owned by husband and wife Marquis & Dianne Sauvage, who purchased the unplanted property in 2002. It had been grazed by sheep for as long as can currently be remembered. There were, and are, no immediate vineyard neighbors. The site was much coveted in the region, for it is sheltered from both northerly and southerly winds by large hills and forms a beautiful, protected bowl much like a modern amphitheater. It is a phenomenal site for Pinot Noir, and they firmly believe that great wines are not made from fruit; they are born of the soils which nurture the vines and made with minimal intervention winemaking.

Learn about the spectacular New Zealand wines from one of our dear friends, Andy Crozier, Sales Manager of Burn Cottage Vineyard. Returning to NZ to study oenology and viticulture, Andy very quickly realized that the sales and marketing of wine was his true calling. Over the past 13 years he has held roles within fine wine retail, as well as both national and export sales and marketing. He is thrilled to share these hand-crafted wines with our customers.

NOTE: The Wine House will be closing at 7 PM tomorrow (Friday, 6/16) for the Wilson Daniels 2017 Tour Italia
In-Store Event with Burn Cottage New Zealand's Fabulous Central Otago
Monday, June 19
7:15 to 8:30PM

ONLY $12!
Wines to be poured:
2015 CashBurn Pinot Noir, Central Orago NZ ($29.99)
2014 Burn Cottage ‘Moonlight Race’, Central Otago NZ ($39.99)
2014 Burn Cottage, Pinot Noir, Central Otago NZ ($58.99)

Marquis Sauvage sought out Ted Lemon, owner and winemaker of Littorai in Sebastopol, CA, to plant their new vineyard. Ted proposed that Burn Cottage would be Biodynamically farmed from inception, and that is the path that has been followed with great commitment and enthusiasm. From there, a great partnership was formed, thanks to the potential of the land as well as Ted’s deep connections to New Zealand, and particularly, to Central Otago. Ted is head winemaker and vineyard manager, and as Marquis calls him, “the guiding hand on the tiller at Burn Cottage.” Similarly to Ted’s property at Littorai, Burn Cottage is a fully functional farm, with 10 hectares under vine and the rest of the land devoted to cattle, chickens, beehives, olive groves, and other native species of New Zealand plants, bushes, and trees. They also produce their own compost and grow many of the preparations needed for Biodynamic farming. At Burn Cottage, they believe that biodiversity is the cornerstone of healthy farming.

The first blocks at Burn Cottage were planted in 2003. The vineyard development has continued at a loving and deliberate pace to ensure that only the best plant material has been used. When all blocks are mature, total production should peak at approximately 5,000 cases. The Pinot Noir is planted on north and north east facing slopes. Despite the fact that New Zealand is comprised of islands, the climate of Central Otago can be best be described as continental; with warm summers and cold winters. There is plenty of sunshine with particularly long warm days through the growing season and cool nights that help achieve ripeness while retaining good acidity. The soils in the vineyard are derivatives of broken down schist and granite. They are classified as free-draining sandy loams. Most of the terrain is made up of old river beds pushed up by glacial movements.

This winery brings Biodynamic farming and Central Otago Pinot Noir to the next level!

CASHBURN, Pinot Noir
Cashburn is the second label of Burn Cottage Pinot Noir from Central Otago, New Zealand. The wine is made from declassified fruit from the Burn Cottage Vineyard by Ted Lemon. The name is a play on Central Otago’s slang for “creek” and the region is called Lowburn. This wine is a clonal selection of 777, 667, 115, 10/5, and Abel clones of Pinot Noir and was aged in 35% new French oak from the Mercurey & Damy cooperages for 12 months. 13.4% ABV.

BURN COTTAGE, Moonlight Race Pinot Noir

Moonlight Race is a wine from three Central Otago vineyards and named after a channel of water that passes through the Burn Cottage property; one of the hundreds of “races” which were created during the early years of European immigration to bring water down from the mountains. This Pinot Noir is 38% from the Burn Cottage Vineyard, 49% from Northburn Vineyard in Cromwell, and 13% from Cox Family Vineyard in Gibbston. Average elevation of the three vineyards in 300 meters above sea level. The wine fermented with 15% whole clusters and aged in 19% new French oak from the Mercurey, Damy & Billon cooperages. 13.5% ABV.

Tasting Notes: A myriad of mulberry, wild thyme and enticing savory undertones are interwoven with layers of ripe summer berries. The palate displays both generosity and restraint, with plump & supple tannins that are supported by an amalgam of summer ripened plums, dark cherry and a freshness reminiscent of ripe red fruits. The finish is long, the wine showing lovely fruit purity and definition. This wine shares the rich mid palate so enticing to most Central Otago Pinot Noirs but has plenty of concentration to ensure that it will continue to improve and gain complexity over the years to come.

BURN COTTAGE, Burn Cottage Vineyard Pinot Noir
This is the flagship wine from Burn Cottage; the 100% estate vineyard Pinot Noir. The label is a derivative of a 1795 fairy tale called “The Green Snake and the Beautiful Lily” which represents the ideal intersection of people and the land reflected in Biodynamics. This Pinot Noir was harvested from ten different clones on six different blocks of the vineyard; 240-310 meters above sea level. The wine fermented with 17% whole clusters and aged in 29% new French oak from the Mercurey, Damy & Billon cooperages. 13.4% ABV.

Tasting Notes: The 2014 vintage has delivered us a seductive and enticing wine that from the word go delivers an intriguing aroma of sun ripened red fruits, earl grey tea and an underlying character of autumnal leaves And wet stones. The palate is both youthful and vibrant, with an elegance and richness that is becoming the hallmark of our vineyard. The red berry fruit flavors combine with wild thyme and rich savory notes, and are supported by the beautifully poised tannins that give depth to the long mouth-watering finish. This wine needs a few years to marry all of its elements. Cellaring for up to 8-10 years.

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