A blend of fruit from Lowburn and Bannockburn, the 2018 Moonlight Race Pinot Noir is a round, supple and harmonious effort that outperforms its "second wine" status. Hints of brown sugar and cedar accent damson plums and black cherries, while intricate herbal nuances bring added complexity. Medium to full-bodied, it's ready to drink now, yet it shows the concentration and length to suggest it will drink well for up to a decade.
Score: 92 points -- Joe Czerwinski, The Wine Advocate, 2021
American-owned Burn Cottage is a 24-hectare estate in Pisa, Central Otago. (The Sauvage family also owns Koehler-Ruprecht in the Pfalz.) With Ted Lemon of Littorai as a consultant, the amphitheater-like site is farmed biodynamically. The emphasis is on Pinot Noir, although there's also a tiny amount of white wine produced (a blend of Grüner Veltliner and Riesling).