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Burn Cottage, Pinot Noir Burn Cottage Vineyard, 2019


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There are few wine regions as breathtakingly beautiful as New Zealand’s South Island. It should come as no surprise that from this astonishing landscape come some of the New World’s finest Pinot Noirs. The best we’ve tasted in recent history are those from Central Otago’s Burn Cottage—remarkably pure, lithe and lovely wines made by Ted Lemon, who is also responsible for the gorgeous, terroir-driven wines at California’s Littorai.

Burn Cottage’s vineyards are in a natural amphitheatre, located in a glacial valley that protects the vines from the elements. Biodynamic from the onset, the estate's central belief is to farm responsibly, acting more like an extension of the earth than an outside force. A wine cannot show its distinctive terroir if the land on which it’s grown is mistreated or treated without respect.

Before they were vineyards, Burn Cottage's plots were used to graze sheep. Stereotypically New Zealand! While there aren’t any sheep these days, biodiversity remains a cornerstone of the estate, and a good chunk of the land is a fully-functioning farm, with chickens, bees and olive trees dotting the terrain.

And the wines! Ted was, after all, the first American to run a Burgundian estate, so he knows his Pinot Noir. These are classical in nature, but with an easygoing spirit—a hallmark of New Zealand, its people and its wine.

What importer Skurnik Wines has to say about this wine...

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.

Vinification: Native yeasts, 13% whole cluster fermentation, aged in French oak (25% new)

Vintage Report: They experienced a mild winter, and after an initially dry spring, a good amount of rain followed. An early bud-burst was followed by cooler periods, aside from brief heat spikes in November. Windy conditions started in November. December was relatively cool, and flowering a little patchy. In January they experienced lower than average growing degree days and above average rainfall. Cool, mild conditions prevailed through to mid-February, with nights often dipping below 10 degrees Celsius. Wind continued to be a challenge throughout the season and vine canopies were quite low in vigour. By late February the temperatures lifted and veraison went well. Crops were low due to the flowering conditions, however ripening progressed well, with harvest commencing in late March.


  • Grape Variety

    Pinot Noir

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  • Body

    Light Bodied

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