Burn Cottage Vineyard Pinot Noir 2018 (Central Otago, New Zealand) "...red fruit, warm spice, silky..."
Grapes were hand-picked from the Burn Cottage Vineyard in Cromwell, Central Otago between 15th and 25th March, with an average Brix at harvest of 23.4. Eight different Pinot Noir clones from nine vineyard blocks made the final blend. The ferments contained 16% whole clusters, with the wine spending an average of 20 days on skins. The wine was matured in French oak barrels (23% new) from the Damy, Mercurey and Sylvain cooperages.
A very warm vintage with above average temperatures in December and January. Midseason conditions were very calm with low wind-run and no significant rainfall, and the season was progressing well ahead of usual timing. Some rain, and then overall milder conditions in February and March meant ripening slowed favourably towards harvest. The 2018 harvest was the earliest to date commencing 13th March, with the late season conditions ensuring lovely ripeness whilst retaining balance and finesse.
"This is a very attractive and gently complex pinot that sits in a red-cherry and red-plum zone, laced with spicy, gently herbal and floral elements, too. The palate has a very composed, fresh red-cherry centre with spice and light peppery nuances. Plenty of bright acidity lifts the finish. So fresh. Drink or hold." - 95 points, Nick Stock (jamessuckling.com)
"Complex and fine with aromas of fresh cherry, ripe and juicy raspberry and red apple. Layers of mineral and soil spices with a floral overtone and fine barrel toasty qualities. On the palate – equally fine and complex with a core of fruit, firm tannins and medium+ acidity. Tense, youthful and dry with a fantastic texture and fine lengthy finish. Well-made and ready to enjoy from 2021 through 2031." - 94 points. Cameron Douglas MS, camdouglasms.com
"An unusually hot vintage has produced a spicier and less opulent than usual pinot noir with savoury, dried herb, raspberry, red cherry, violet and plum flavours supported by fine, drying tannins. Needs bottle age drink 2020–2026." - 94 points. Bob Campbell MW, The Real Review