Burn Cottage Vineyard Property is a twenty four hectare estate in the foothills of the Pisa Range in Central Otago, New Zealand. The vineyard is owned by the Sauvage family, which also owns the celebrated Koehler Ruprecht estate in the Pfalz region of Germany. The property was purchased in 2002. It had been grazed by sheep for as long as can currently be remembered. There were, and are, no immediate vineyard neighbours. The site was much coveted as it is sheltered from both northerly and southerly winds by large hills and forms a beautiful, protected bowl, much like a modern amphitheatre. The Sauvages contacted Ted Lemon, owner and winemaker of Littorai Wines in California, to seek his involvement in the project. They were unaware at the time that Ted already had deep connections to New Zealand and particularly to Central Otago. Ted and Marquis Sauvage travelled to New Zealand to see the property and Ted was sold on the idea on the spot. The wines are now made by one of New Zealand’s top winemaking teams in Clare Mullholland and Ted Lemon. The first release was in 2009 and our first tiny allocation arrived with the fabulous 2010 vintage.
Notes of both black and green teas emerge first from the glass. Interestingly, the fruit tones of blackberry and morelo cherry need some time to show. These are then joined by a hint of orange zest, vanilla bean, pomegranate and violets. This vintage benefits from plenty of aeration so do not be afraid to decant it. This is a more structured and tannic vintage, with less obvious fruit tones and more muscle and tannin.