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Burn Cottage - Moonlight Race Pinot Noir 2015


  • Country: New Zealand
  • Wine Region: Central Otago
  • Wine Maker: Ted Lemon
  • Grape: Pinot Noir
  • Grape Percentage: 100% Pinot Noir
  • Alcohol Percentage: 13.5%
  • Unit Quantity (ml): 750
  • Best To Drink: Drink Now - 2020
Duty/Vat Paid
WA: 90+ (2014) JR: 17 (2014) WS: 92 (2014) WF: 93 (2014) BC: 93 (2014) MC: 5 Stars (2014) RC: 18+ (2014)

Wine tasting notes

A myriad of mulberry, wild thyme and enticing savoury 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. We are delighted with this first bottling of the Moonlight Race.

Winery Information

Burn Cottage

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.. read more

Expert Reviews

Wine Advocate/Robert Parker (2014)90+ pts

March 2016 - Lisa Perrotti-Brown - Pale to medium ruby-purple in color, the 2014 Burn Cottage Moonlight Race gives a great intensity of ripe red cherry, cranberry and black raspberry aromas with hints of violets, vanilla, anise and cinnamon stick. Medium-bodied, it fills the palate with expressive red berry and baking spice flavors, supported by velvety tannins and just enough freshness, finishing long and spicy. (2014)17 pts

Tasted Jan 2017 - Fragrant with a dry finish. Rather Beaune-like! Sweet fruit and very pretty with good follow-through. Some grainy tannins on the very persistent end.

Wine Spectator (2014)92 pts

Oct 2016 - Bold and expressive, with a black licorice accent to the plum and black cherry core. Hints of orange zest, black tea and sage add aromatic intrigue. Smooth and plush on the long finish. Drink now through 2026

Wine Front (2014)93 pts

I thought it was called ‘Moonlight Rage’, which came over a bit Werewolfy, but it’s just a curly ‘c’, so no need to howl. It’s from three vineyards, two in the Cromwell Basin, and one in Gibbston. The Burn Cottage Vineyard (Cromwell Basin) makes up 38% of the blend. Has a smooth ‘natural’ feel to it, with gentle acidity, slippery texture and fine brick dust tannin. Fruit is towards the cherry pie spectrum in the world of cherries, seasoned with aromatic regional herbs, then a juicy sour cherry finish of good length. Feels good. Tastes good.

Bob Campbell MW (2014)93 pts

This is the first vintage of a second label for Burn Cottage. Sourced from 3 vineyards throughout Central Otago. This is a soft, elegant Pinot Noir with plum, floral/violet, wood smoke and gent le spice/anise and oak flavours

Michael Cooper (2014)5 stars

The lovely 2014 vintage (5*) is a highly auspicious debut. Grown at several sites (mostly the estate vineyard and Northburn Vineyard, both located in the Cromwell Basin, but also a third vineyard at Gibbston), it was fermented with indigenous yeasts, matured for a year in French oak casks (19 per cent new), and bottled unfiltered. Deeply coloured, it is mouthfilling and sweet-fruited, in a rich, very savoury style, complex, finely textured and long. Instantly appealing, it's also well worth cellaring.

Raymond Chan (2014)18+ pts

Dark, purple-hued ruby-red colour, lighter on the rim. The nose is restrained and elegantly presented with aromas of dark red berry and black cherry fruit harmoniously melded with notes of black plums, thyme herbs, liquorice and violet florals. The floral aromatics grow with aeration. Medium-full bodied, the palate features bright and juicy dark berry and cherry fruit with flavours of spicy black plums and an array of dark red and violet florals. Nuances of thyme herbs add interest. The mouthfeel is fresh and lively with lacy acidity providing energy for the fine-grained core. The tannins are fine, providing a firm line leading to a long, lingering finish of dark cherries and violets. This is a bright, vibrant, and aromatic Pinot Noir with flavours of dark cherry and plum fruit with a fine-textured structure and line. Match with wild duck and pork dishes over the next 5-6+ years. Clones 10/5, 667, 777 115, 114, 5, 6, and Abel, the fruit 49% ‘Northburn’ vineyard, 38% ‘Burn Cottage; and 13% ‘Cox Family’ vineyard, Gibbston, indigenous yeast fermented with 15% whole bunches to 13.5% alc., the wine on skins 17 days on average and aged 12 months in 19% new French oak. 1,865 dozen produced.

Vinification Notes

The team at Burn Cottage worked closely with the other growers throughout the season, and the wines were nurtured using their traditional care and attention. The Pinot Noir underwent indigenous ferments for around 17 days, with 15% of the fruit kept as whole clusters. Tanks were hand plunged three to four times per day during ferment. After 12 months in French Oak barriques, of which 19% were new, the wine was bottled, unfiltered.