Burn Cottage Moonlight Race Pinot Noir 2021


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Central Otago, New Zealand
95 points




Nestled in the picturesque foothills of New Zealand's Central Otago, Burn Cottage epitomizes the essence of family-owned, biodynamic viticulture across its pristine 10-hectare vineyard. Under the guidance of acclaimed consultant Ted Lemon from Littorai, the inaugural plantings in 2003 introduced Pinot Noir, alongside exquisite additions of Riesling and Gruner Veltliner. Embracing a holistic approach to land management, the estate harmoniously integrates cattle, chickens, bees, and indigenous flora to foster an optimal environment for grape cultivation.

The Moonlight Race, a testament to Burn Cottage's artisanal craft, blends fruit sourced from three meticulously tended sites: the esteemed Burn Cottage Vineyard in Lowburn, alongside the Sauvage and Luna Vineyards in Bannockburn. Handpicked grapes undergo a 17-day fermentation, including 7% whole bunches, before gracefully maturing in French oak barrels, 22% of which are new, resulting in a wine of sublime complexity and finesse.


95 points

Lots of boysenberry and strawberry aromas and flavors with an underlying smoky and mineral edge. It’s full and layered with beautiful tannins and a long and flavorful finish. A little tight at the end. Gorgeous and curated. Drink or hold. Screw cap.

93 points
Eric Larkin

The 2021 Moonlight Race Pinot Noir is a blend of three different vineyards and multiple blocks and clones (56% is Burn Cottage in Lowburn, 22% is Sauvage Vineyard and 22% is Luna Vineyard in Bannockburn). On the nose, there is fresh red cherry, plum skin, raspberry pip and brine. The tannins are super fine in the mouth—pulverized and chalky. This is a gorgeous wine, mineral and cooling, with a svelte shape and satisfying flow of flavor across the tongue. Great! And, it must also be said, great value. 13.5% alcohol, sealed under screw cap. Drink 2023 – 2033.


Serving Temp.
12-14 °C
Cellar until
Now - 2033
Food pairing
Duck, Goose and Game Birds

Tasting Profile

The 2021 Moonlight Race Pinot Noir presents a vibrant bouquet of fresh red cherry, plum skin, raspberry pip, and a hint of brine, captivating the senses with its lively and expressive aromatics.
On the palate, this Pinot Noir reveals super fine, pulverized tannins that impart a chalky texture, complementing its mineral and cooling character. With a svelte shape and a satisfying flow of flavor that dances across the tongue, this wine exudes elegance and balance, offering a truly remarkable drinking experience. Furthermore, its exceptional quality at great value makes it a standout choice.

Burn Cottage Moonlight Race Pinot Noir 2021

Burn Cottage Moonlight Race Pinot Noir 2021

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