‘Burn Cottage’ is a Central Otago producer whose reputation for creating incredible wines is only exceeded by the wines themselves. Established in 2002 by Marquis & Dianne Sauvage, the site was highly desirable and unbeknownst to the couple a few other prominent Central Otago wineries were interested in the site as well. Lucky for New Zealand (and the rest of the world) the Sauvages won out and established the legacy that is ‘Burn Cottage’.
Right from the word go biodynamic farming techniques were applied to the farm and land, a first by anybody in the region who attempted to do so. Many believed this wouldn’t be possible, however the Sauvages had assembled the “Avengers” of the wine world, those who were able to make his dream a reality. One of those team members included winemaker Ted Lemon – again unbeknownst to the Sauvages, Ted already had deep connections to New Zealand, more specifically Central Otago and was immediately sold about coming on board the moment he saw the site.
A mantra ‘Burn Cottage’ lives by is that great wine is not made from fruit: but from the soils and land that feed the vines. Unlike many other New World Producers they believe they actually make wine from the Vineyard blocks (as opposed to their grapes) each with their own character and sense of expression.
One of the things that makes ‘Burn Cottage’ so unique is that they specialise in Pinot Noir – making only 3 different styles. They are the classic ‘Vineyard Pinot Noir’, the ‘Valli vineyard Pinot Noir’ and the ‘Moonlight Race Pinot Noir’. Another real special drop, a must try in our opinion, is their ‘Riesling Grüner Veltliner’. Unmissable and unrivaled.
For more information on Burn Cottage and their wines, you can visit their website here.