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Allan Scott Rosé 2014 and Scott Base Emperor Methode 2010

07 July,2017
Being a family business, and starting from small beginnings, it is impressive to know that Allan Scott Family Winemakers is now a Category 2 or ‘Medium-Sized’ wine producer, making over 120,000 cases of wine from its 100 ha of vineyards in Marlborough. The company is multi-faceted with cellar door and restaurant, and has the full involvement of Allan and Cathy Scott’s three children. What is also fascinating is the Scott family’s ownership of a 6 ha vineyard just out of Cromwell in Central Otago. From this site, which was affectionately known as, but now formally named ‘Scott Base’, come tiny amounts of Pinot Noir and Sparkling wines, which are completely different to the Marlborough wines, these limited bottlings requiring small batch vinification and considerably more hands-on work. It is fortunate that the Allan Scott winery and staff are geared up for smaller lots and the making of sparkling wines, so the Scott Base wines are handled without undue problem. These winemakers take it all in their stride! Here, I review the new release Allan Scott Marlborough Rosé 2017, and the Scott Base ‘Emperor’ Central Otago Methode Blanc de Blanc 2010, two wines that couldn’t be more different, showing the skills of the staff to make these styles successfully.


Allan Scott Marlborough Rosé 2017

Rose from New Zealand – Marlborough

Bright, pale, cerise-pink with some depth and light purple hues on the rim. The nose is soft and light with fragrant aromas of strawberries and cream, subtle red florals and delicate notes of confectionary, revealing yellow stonefruit notes at the core with aeration. Medium-dry to medium to taste, and light-bodied, the palate has sweet and lush flavours of strawberries and cream with notes od cherries and raspberries, red florals and lifted confectionary elements. The fruit is clean and light in expression, enlivened by fresh, crisp acidity, providing a thirst-quenching mouthfeel. The wine flows along a soft-textured line carrying to a light, berry-fruited and confectionary nuanced finish. This is fresh, clean light aromatic fruited medium-dry rosé with strawberries and cream and confectionary notes, with mouthwatering acidity. Serve as an aperitif and with canapes over the next 2 years. 100% Marlborough Pinot Noir. a portion given 4 hours skin contact and cool-fermented to 13.0% alc. and 12 g/L RS, the wine aged 2 weeks on lees. 16.5+/20 Jul 2017 RRP $18.00

Scott Base ‘Emperor’ Central Otago Methode Traditionnelle Brut 2010

Sparkling Wine from New Zealand – Otago

Bright, light straw-yellow colour with slight green hues, pale edged. The bubbles are moderately fine with good persistence. This is very tightly bound and intense with subtly complex aromas of steely white stonefruits, citrus fruits and white florals, entwined with a fine amalgam of bready-yeasty autolysis and nuances of nuts, aldehydes and toast, with secondary complexing detail. Dry to taste and medium-bodied, the palate is taut with a finely concentrated core of white stonefruits, florals and interwoven flavours of bready-yeast autolysis, savoury nutty and aldehyde nuances and secondary toast suggestions. The palate is mouthwatering with crisp acidity, and the wine flows with good linearity along a fine-textured phenolic threaded line. The zestiness is enhanced by the light mousse. The wine carries to a brisk, savoury fruited finish. This is a taut Blanc de Blancs methode with concentrated white stonefruit flavours and savoury autolysis, and secondary complexities, on a mouthwatering palate. Serve as an aperitif and with seafood over the next 3+ years. 100% Chardonnay from the ‘Scott Base’ vineyard, triaged in July 2010 and disgorged on 1 May 2017. This is 12.0% alc. with 6 g/L dosage, spending 6 years and 10 months on lees. Lot L2710.01. 17.5+/20 Jul 2017 RRP $28.00
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