"The 2nd vintage of our collaboration delivers and elegant and textural wine that is perhaps even more exciting than the first! Lifted red fruit aromas of cherry and wild strawberry with a hint of casis, baking spice and earthy loam. This pinot noir is full of energy with a memorable creamy texture and an electric long finish. Enjoyable young and the earthiness should continue to develop with age."
Ted Lemon & Claire Mulholland of Burn Cottage have both been friends of mine for almost as long as I can remember. Ted, I first met in Burgundy in 1984. As far as I know, he was the first foreign winemaker in a very traditional part of the French wine industry. He was an inspiration in realizing there are no boundaries; anything is possible in the world of wine. Since then, we have worked closely together at Chateau Waltner in Napa Valley and Archery Summit Winery in Oregon.
Claire & I worked side by side in the early days at Gibbston Valley Wines. We shared the joy of being the first winemakers to see fruit from many different Central Otago sites, made the first wines for a number of today’s iconic Central Otago brands and were on one of the steepest learning curves in winemaking history. When a discussion with Ted & Claire turned to the possibility of exchanging fruit as a way of gaining further understanding of our own sites, and of course having the pleasure of working with each other again, there was only one answer: YES!
This is Valli’s first wine from the Burn Cottage vineyard in Lowburn. It has lifted aromas of wild strawberry, Otago cherry, rosemary, vanilla and cardamon spice with a sweet earthy note. A vibrant wine with pure red fruit flavors that dance in the glass. Well balanced with a distinctly creamy texture that lingers long on the palate.