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30 November,2017

Allan and Catherine Scott are one of Marlborough’s pioneering family winegrowers, contract growing from vines on their property planted in 1975, and launching their own label in 1990. The business has grown significantly to produce 120,000 cases annually. The Scott family also own a 6 ha vineyard overlooking Cromwell and Lake Dunstan in Central Otago, which they name Scott Base. The fruit from Central Otago offers a real stylistic difference to the Marlborough wines. Here, I review the Scott Base Central Otago Pinot Rosé, a first with this label and Allan Scott Marlborough Riesling, both from the 2017 vintage.


Scott Base Central Otago Pinot Rosé 2017

Rose from New Zealand – Otago


Very pale pink colour with a little depth, lighter on edge. The nose is softly fresh with aromas of white stonefruits, a little honeysuckle, and nuances of fragrant red florals with mouthwatering mineral suggestions. Dry to taste and medium-bodied, the palate has a firm core with subtle and delicate flavours of white stonefruits, a little honey and nuances of red florals. The palate possesses a fine, firm phenolic-textured line providing a dry, thirst-quenching mouthfeel. The wine carries with a little alcohol drive to a light, dry, lingering, nuanced finish of stonefruits and florals. This is a delicately flavoured dry rosé with stonefruit and honeysuckle flavours on a mouthwatering, fine, textural palate. Serve as an aperitif and with canapés over the next 2 years. Predominantly Pinot Gris spending 48 hours on skins blended with saigneed Pinot Noir and fermented to 13.5% alc. and 6 g/L RS. 16.5+/20 Nov 2017 RRP $22.00

Allan Scott Marlborough Riesling 2017

Riesling from New Zealand – Marlborough


Bright, very pale straw colour with slight green hues, near colourless on the rim. The nose is elegantly presented with a moderately concentrated core of lime fruit along with white floras, exotic blossom elements and subtle mineral notes. Medium-dry to taste and light-medium bodied, the palate has a fine and softly concentrated, rich heart with lime fruit flavours lifted by floral and blossom notes, along with honeysuckle and mineral elements. The fruit is enlivened by light, refreshing acidity, and the wine flows with good poise along a light-textured line. The flavours carry with good richness to a lingering finish. This is an elegantly rich and concentrated medium-dry Riesling with lime, honey and floral flavours and mineral notes on a fresh, fine-textured palate. Serve with Asian fare over the next 3-4 years. Fruit from the ‘Moorlands’ block, with vines nearly 30 y.o., fermented in stainless-steel to 12.5% alc. and 16.2 g/L RS, TA 8.8 g/L and pH 2.93. 17.5+/20 Nov 2017 RRP $18.00

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