Central Otago, New Zealand is one of the most phenomenal wines growing regions in the world. Known internationally for its plush fleshy Pinot Noir with a flinty mineral body. Cashburn is the second label to Burn Cottage. The consulting winemaker is Ted Lemon, of Sonoma’s legendary Littorai Winery. What makes Central Otago special, is it’s the ONLY continental region in all New Zealand. This allows dormancy for grapes and concentrates sugars and acid for complexity. The grapes are grown on soils iron, granite, and marls, for producing deep rich sophisticated wines worthy of age-ability. Light ruby.
On the nose high intensity of ripe cranberries, black cherries, baked strawberry pie, sweet baking spices, dried sage, a dried potpourri of flowers, vanilla oak. On the palate dry, medium acid, medium + alcohol, smooth medium tannins, medium+ body, firm texture with ripe black cherries, spices, mineral, earth, dark dusted cocoa nibs, perfumed with dried herbs and flowers, long finish. This is an outstanding wine. The balance of acid and ripe firm tannins carry to the mid-plate and opens a mineral core coat the mouth and perfumes. Sweet and savory components deliver layers of complexity. This wines drink now but can age for another 5 years with notes of mushroom, dried sweet basil, tobacco, cherry cordial, Christmas caked and gingerbread.
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