Burn Cottage

Pinot Noir

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750 ml (Standard)

2012


Cultivar:

100% Pinot Noir

Country:

New Zealand

Rating:

92 Points - Wine Spectator 96 Points - Decanter

Specifications:

13.20% alc vol Sugar g/l: N/A
Type: Red Wine Cellaring Potential: 8 to 10 yrs
Origin: Central Otago Appellation: Central Otago

Tasting Notes:

The 2012 Burn Cottage shows aromas of blackberry and dark cherry with hints of exotic notes of orange peel, sassafras and root vegetables: fennel and beetroot. Only with much air do the lovely notes of spice cake and whole cluster fermentation begin to show. It is not nearly as forward and showy as the 2011 vintage at the same stage. This version is quite concentrated with lovely acidity and structured tannins. The 2012 is the most firm and enigmatic Burn Cottage we have yet produced. It should be a wonderful wine to lay down in the cellar for several years and will need another six months or more to begin opening up.

Dark Cherries
Dark Cherries

Blackberry
Blackberry

Orange Zest
Orange Zest

Spices
Spices

The Green Snake and the Beautiful Lily is a fairy tale by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe published in 1795 in Friedrich Schiller's German magazine Die Horen (The Hours). It portrays, in imaginative form, Goethe's impressions of Schiller's Letters on the Aesthetic Education of Man. The story revolves around the crossing and bridging of a river, which represents the divide between the outer life of the senses and the ideal aspirations of the human being.

Spring was somewhat changeable and cool. The Growing Degree Days October-November were very low but this was made up for by a record breaking month of December 2011. Very good soil moisture during this period was a blessing and helped the plants establish new growth very well. One low snowfall briefly in November caused some frosty conditions to contend with. January brought had good spells of hot, dry weather, with fantastic flowering and mid-season conditions. Rain in February was welcome for the soils, while March was slightly wetter and milder than usual, slowing ripening a little in the final weeks. Picking commenced in the last week of March and early April frosts did not impact our harvest.

At Burn Cottage we believe in minimal intervention winemaking. Our task is to discover the genius of the site and of the individual vineyard blocks within and to allow the wines to reveal it. We believe in minimizing sulfur usage and avoiding all additives whenever possible. We avoid the use of cultured yeasts, bacteria, associated nutrient products and filters. We avoid racking whenever possible and do wine work according to lunar and celestial rhythms.

Food pairing

Rack of lamb, served pink. Rare fillet steak and carpaccio.

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