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Scott Base Central Otago Pinot Noir 2016

29 September,2017
The ‘Scott Base’ label of Allan Scott Family Winemakers is their "little slice of heaven” for the Scotts, as they call their beautiful southerly site in Central Otago. The Scott family was involved in a partnership in the 1994-established vineyard on McNab Road on the outskirts of Cromwell, but took full ownership in 2008. The north-facing 6 ha vineyard is mainly planted to clones 777 and 667, with some clone 5 and 10/5, as well as a smaller amount of Chardonnay. The Pinot Noir wine is the focus of the property, with some very good Methode Traditionnelle produced from it too. The fruit is transported overnight from the vineyard to the Scott’s winery in Marlborough for vinification. Here, I review the new release 2016 Scott Base Pinot Noir. www.allanscott.com www.scottbasevineyards.co.nz

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Scott Base Central Otago Pinot Noir 2016

Pinot Noir from New Zealand – Otago

17.5-/20
Even, dark ruby-red colour with slight garnet hues, a little lighter on the rim. The nose is soft and gently full with restrained fruit aroma of dark-red cherry and berry fruit entwined with subtle notes of thyme herbs, red florals and a hint of liquorice. Medium-full bodied, the palate has gently rich and sweet flavours of dark-red cherry and berry fruit intermingling with subtle notes of thyme herbs and red florals. The fruit has good vitality and is supported by light, supple tannin extraction providing a positive, vinous mouthfeel. The flavours and textures grow to shoe body and presence, and the wine carries to a blossoming finish of sweet fruit. This is a gently rich Pinot Noir with cherry, berry and herb flavours on a supple palate with good presence and a blossoming finish. Match with poultry and pork over the next 4 years. Pinot Noir fruit, clones 10/5, 667, 777 and 5 from 23 y.o. vines, indigenous yeast fermented with 25% whole bunches to 13.5% alc., the wine aged 12 months in 35% new French oak. 17.5-/20 Sep 2017 RRP $38.00
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