Allan Scott – Sparkling with Chardonnay

07-Jun-2013
The Scott family is one of the cornerstones of the Marlborough wine industry, with Allan one of the foremost and pioneering viticulturists in the district. He and his wife Catherine were among the earliest contract growers, establishing their first vineyards in 1975, supplying fruit to prestigious labels such as Cloudy Bay. In 1990 they established Allan Scott Family Winemakers, with their son Josh and daughters Victoria and Sara fully immersed in the business in winemaking, marketing and viticultural roles respectively. The range of wines produced is broad and all exemplify Marlborough. From 1996, methode traditionnelle wines have become a specialty, especially those based on the Chardonnay variety. I review a selection of these from the range, including the ‘Sasa’ Vintage 2009 and Scott Base ‘Emperor’ Vintage 2009 from Central Otago. A welcome innovation is the date of disgorgement on the labels of the non-vintage wines. The Scotts have refrained from putting disgorgement dates on the vintage wines as public could see them as ‘use-by dates’. However, the disgorgement dates could be added to these too, in the future. In addition to the sparklings, I review the ‘Wallops’ single vineyard Chardonnay, showing the prestige table wine side of the variety. www.allanscott.com

FEATURED WINES IN THIS REVIEW

  • Allan Scott Marlborough Methode Traditionnelle Blanc de Blancs Brut NV
  • Allan Scott ‘Cecilia’ Marlborough Methode Traditionnelle Brut NV
  • Allan Scott ‘Sasa’ Marlborough Methode Traditionnelle Brut 2009
  • Scott Base ‘Emperor’ Central Otago Methode Traditionnelle Brut 2009
  • Allan Scott ‘Wallops’ Marlborough Chardonnay 2012

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