2018 Burn Cottage Pinot Noir, Moonlight Race, Central Otago, New Zealand

2018 Burn Cottage Pinot Noir, Moonlight Race, Central Otago, New Zealand



Discover Ted Lemon’s biodynamic Burn Cottage Pinot Noir project in Pisa-Central Otago (south island) New Zealand.  Here in California’s Russian River Valley of Sonoma, Ted Lemon’s Littorai is one of the most coveted Pinot Noir, only available if you are fortunate to be a mailing list member or qualified fine dining restaurant.  Now without question, Burn Cottage has earned its reputation as one of this famous region’s premier Pinot Noir producers.

For the first time, the 2018 Burn Cottage “Moonlight Race” Pinot Noir combines fruit from both of its highly esteemed estate Cottage Vineyard (Lowdown) and estate Sauvage Vineyard (Bannockburn).  The Moonlight Race particularly over delivers for the money considering Burn Cottage’s designated vineyard wines are $65+ a bottle!!  Only about 350 cases were imported for the US market.

Since conception in 2002, Ted Lemon consults throughout the growing season, and flies over to NZ periodically to monitor the vineyards and make the wine.  Totaling 24 acres, the biodynamically farmed property is owned by the Sauvage brothers of Kansas state, who are distributors of fine wine, and also own Koehler-Ruprecht estate in the Pfatz region of Germany.  Moonlight Race is a spontaneous, indigenous fermentation and spends the wine spends 12 months in French oak (20-30%) before bottling.

Unavailable at this time, but we are inquiring regarding the very limited 2018 Sauvage and 2018 Cottage Pinots which each received 95 points from Wine Spectator ($65+).  Fingers crossed we receive some ✌✌!  Those who get on the bandwagon will be the first to know!

“Appealing for its density and delineated structure up front, yet notes of kirsch, raspberry and five-spice powder are generous and plush, with hints of cedar, gunpowder and dried lavender appearing on the long finish. Drink now through 2036. 2,440 cases made, 350 cases imported.”  93 points – Wine Spectator (Oct 15, 2021)

“.…is a round, supple and harmonious effort that outperforms its “second wine” status. Hints of brown sugar and cedar accent damson plums and black cherries, while intricate herbal nuances bring added complexity. Medium to full-bodied, it’s ready to drink now, yet it shows the concentration and length to suggest it will drink well for up to a decade. Drink 2021-2030” – 92 points, Wine Advocate (June 2021)


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