During vineyard development the greatest care was taken to separate
blocks according to soil, aspect and exposure differences. Clones and
rootstocks were chosen with the philosophy that the more diversity each
block had, the more complexity the resulting wines would display. Hence
we have many different clones of Pinot Noir planted on a variety of
The first blocks were planted in 2003. The vineyard development has
continued at a loving and deliberate pace to ensure that only the best
plant material has been used.
In addition to Pinot Noir we have a small amount of Gruner Veltliner and
Riesling planted. The Pinot is planted on north and north east facing
slopes and the Riesling and Gruner are planted on an east facing slope
in a gully in the property. The Gruner Veltliner planting is from the
first generation of this variety released in New Zealand.
When all blocks are mature. Total production should peak at
approximately 5000 cases. All projections for the estate and the winery
are based on a very modest 4.5 metric tons per hectare or 2 US tons per
acre. At Burn Cottage we recognize the limits that both our climate and
our search for the finest quality will place upon our yields.
Despite the fact that New Zealand is comprised of islands, the climate
of Central Otago can be best be described as 'continental' with warm
summers and cold winters. New Zealanders love to say that there is no
climate in New Zealand, only weather and indeed any given day can give
birth to moments that feel like you have experienced all four seasons in
less than 24 hours. Average annual rainfall is less than 300mm (12
inches). We also get plenty of sunshine with particularly long warm days
through the growing season and cool nights that help achieve ripeness
while retaining good acidity.
Summary of Vineyard Plantings
Map of Vineyard
Blocks Layout of Vineyard