Our new addition to Burn Cottage is the Sauvage Vineyard in Bannockburn. The vineyard is located under hills once prized for gold in this region, now cloaked in wild thyme and rosehip. The land below is widely sought after for Pinot Noir, and the foothills are framed with vines.
It has 5.8 hectares of established Pinot Noir vineyard planted in 1999, located on the northeast side of Felton Road where it sits between the Felton Road MacMuir Vineyard and the Mt Edward Muirkirk Vineyard.
There is the diversity of five Pinot Noir clones: 667, 777, 5, 6, and 115, with a variety of rootstocks.
While there had been some organic management of the vineyard previously, from the beginning of the 2018 vintage growing season we started its transition to biodynamic farming to partner the Burn Cottage Vineyard.
We started picking on 14th March, with the grapes at an average Brix of 22.9. Some 8% of the fruit went in as whole clusters, and the wine spent 19 days on skins. The wine was matured in French oak (23% new) from the Damy and Sylvain cooperages.
This is the first single-vineyard wine off the 19-year-old Sauvage Vineyard vines in Bannockburn. It comprises a mix of clones from different areas within the site.
Enticing aromas of spice, mushrooms, and dark red fruits accompany earth and herb tones. The palate shows wonderful elegance and focus, supported by a textural core, with fine lengthy tannins driving persistence. Expected cellaring 7-10 years. - Claire Mulholland, Burn Cottage