The "Moonlight Race" name comes from a water pathway which passes through the Burn Cottage Property, one of the hundreds of water channels, “races”, which were created during the early years of European immigration to bring water down from the mountains around us. The Moonlight Race ebbs and flows during our seasons, its beginnings held in melted snow and rain high in the Pisa Mountain Range, 1100-1600 Metres above the Burn Cottage property. In their work with biodynamic farming, using the moon phases is an important part of how they farm their property and vineyard.
Moonlight Race is solely about two unique estate vineyards: Burn Cottage Vineyard in Lowburn (57%) and the Sauvage Vineyard (43%) in Bannockburn. Vines are 17-21 years old. The combination of these two sites produces a vibrant expression of classic Central Otago Pinot Noir. (93 points James Suckling, 96 points Wine Spectator).
A fascinating Pinot - simultaneously classic and forward thinking in style. The nose is a kaleidoscope: mushroom earthiness, savory herbs, ash, bruised plum - the medium bodied palate is a bit more supple & robust, marionberry, wild red berries, clove, chai tea, sandalwood, finely woven tannin and minerality on the finish.
region: Central Otago, New Zealand
varietal: 100% Pinot Noir
style: medium bodied red
farming/cellar: Certified Biodynamic, hand harvested, ambient yeast, 18 day fermentation, aged in 21% new French oak from the Damy, Mercurey and Sylvain cooperages, bottled unfined and unfiltered.
pairing: filet mignon topped with bleu cheese, mushroom ravioli, blackened New Zealand salmon filet