Sauvage vineyard is 5.8 hectares of well established Pinot Noir vineyard planted in 1999, located on the North East side of Felton Road, where it sits between the Felton Road MacMuir Vineyard and the Mt Edward Muirkirk Vineyard. There is the diversity of 5 Pinot Noir clones: 667, 777, 5, 6, and 115, with a variety of rootstocks. While there had been some organic management of the vineyard previously, from the beginning of the 2018 vintage growing season we started its transition to biodynamic farming to partner the Burn Cottage Vineyard. The Sauvage Vineyard will ensure our Moonlight Race Pinot Noir into the future (in combination with a selection from Burn Cottage Vineyard) and feature it as a single vineyard wine. The Bannockburn sub region has contributed significantly to the reputation of Central Otago Pinot Noir . We are very happy to be alongside many of the wineries that we have strong connections and long friendships with, and it has been exciting to welcome this site into the winery with its own unique character and expression.
Who would have foreseen that the area of Felton Road in Bannockburn once famous for its gold deposits would become renowned for its ability to grow World Class Pinot Noir?
2019 tasting note: The 20-year-old Bannockburn vines deliver a Pinot Noir filled with black plum cherry and raspberry notes with a touch of ripe blueberry with subtle hints of violets and an appealing earthy /spice charter. This is complemented by a rich textural palate with suppleness and fine structured tannins. This is a great expression of Bannockburn Pinot Noir and we think it has cellaring potential of 10+ years.
For the 2019: 96 points Wine Spectator Aug-22 "Shows wonderful density at the core, with muscular tannins laying the foundation for dried black cherry, spiced plum, date bread, chai tea, cardamom and laurel bay leaf. Expressive and aromatic, this is a good candidate for the cellar. Drink now through 2030."
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