2021 Burn Cottage Pinot Noir, Moonlight Race, Central Otago, New Zealand

2021 Burn Cottage Pinot Noir, Moonlight Race, Central Otago, New Zealand



One of the greatest new world Pinot Noir values to be found. From biodynamically certified farmed Central Otago fruit.  An American owned winery estate with one of Sonoma’s most revered cult-winemaker Ted Lemon of Littorai fame still at the helm.

The 2020 vintage of Burn Cottage “Moonlight Race” became an instant classic when it was rated 96 points by Wine Spectator.  Expectations are off the chart again!  Don’t wait for the reviews as the 2021 will be long gone!

The 2021 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 single designated vineyard Pinot Noir are $75+ a bottle and consistently receive very high ratings!!  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 and consultant with the winemaking team.  Totaling 24 acres, the biodynamically farmed property is owned by the Sauvage brothers of Kansas state, who are distributors of fine wine, and who also own Koehler-Ruprecht estate in the Pfatz region of Germany.

100% Pinot Noir • Sourced from 57% Burn Cottage Vineyard and 43% Sauvage Vineyard, vine age ranges from 17-21 years • Hand harvested, and fermented spontaneously for around 18 days with wild-indigenous yeast • Aged for 12 months in 21% new French oak from the Damy, Mercurey and Sylvain cooperages • Bottled unfiltered and unfined • Moonlight Race is a named after a channel of water that passes through the Burn Cottage property; one of the hundreds of “races” which were created during the early years of European immigration to bring water down from the mountains