19.5 Raymond Chan
Moderately deep ruby-red colour with youthful purple hues, lighter on the edge. The nose displays beautifully ripe fruit with an array of fragrant dark-red florals intermingling with dark-red cherry and berry fruit unfolding notes of dark herbs, liquorice and spice, with a suggestion of complexing earthy hints. The aromatics are detailed and harmoniously interwoven and balanced, Medium-full bodied, the palate has rich flavours of ripe dark-red cherry and berry fruit with suggestion of black plums, all lifted by fragrant red and violet florals. The fruit is succulent and rich, and forms an elegant core with complexing savoury and earthy nuances. The fruit is supported by very fine-grained supple tannin extraction adding to the fruit presence and depth, with fresh, lacy acidity providing energy and poise. The flavours flow seamlessly along a velvety line leading to a long and sustained, fragrant and rich finish. This is a beautifully refined and aromatic Pinot Noir with an array of florals and red fruits with suggestions of complexing earthy detail on a seamlessly smooth palate. Match with poultry and duck over the next 6-8+ years. A blend of 10 Pinot Noir clones, the fruit indigenous yeast fermented with 23% whole clusters to 13.5% alc., the wine spending 19 days on skins and aged 12 months in 24% new French oak. 19.0+/20
Burn Cottage refers to the name of a road that the 24 hectare property sits on in Central Otago. The estate was once a sheep paddock until it was purchased by Marquis Sauvage in 2002. Marquis brought on board Ted Lemon of Littorai as their winemaker and together they started planting Pinot Noir in 2003.
Six years later, they released their first wine in 2009. To find suitable plots to plant on, they dug 60 soil pits and have subsequently selected ten Pinot Noir clones to plant on five different rootstocks tailored to the different soil profiles. Burn Cottage has the unique distinction of being the first and only Central Otago estate that has been biodynamic since day one, Ted Lemon’s one stipulation for his involvement.