Burn Cottage Moonlight Race Pinot Noir 2020
Grape varietal & region: 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.
Taste profile: 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.
Winemaking process: 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.