Scott Base 2015 Central Otago Pinot Noir and Reserve Pinot Noir
The Scotts were part of a syndicate that purchased the vineyard in 2004, with the family taking total ownership in 2008, but without the rights to the Mount Michael brand. With wines being made from the property, the ‘Scott Base’ label came about as the family referred to the vineyard as the Scott family’s base in Central Otago. In adopting the name of an actual place as a brand, the Scott family donate a portion of the sales of the wines to the Antarctic Heritage Trust which maintains the Scott, Shackleton and Hillary Huts.
Allan and Cathy have been enamoured with the wines from the property from the start, and continue the style, with improvements. The Scotts have invested in keeping the vines and vineyard in the best possible condition with a programme of upgrading trellising, irrigation and better land flow. The viticulture is managed by Don Pannett. The fruit for the vines is transported to the Allan Scott winery in Marlborough for vinification, but there may be a winery built on site in the future. Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Methode Tradionnelle wines are made by the Allan Scott team. Carolyn Murray operates a cellar door on the property called ‘Space at the Base’, selling the Scott Base and Allan Scott wines as well as Moa Beer. There are plans to upgrade the Scott Base labelling and create a dedicated website to emphasise the brand’s special identity.
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Scott Base Central Otago Pinot Noir 2015Pinot Noir from New Zealand - OtagoReview Date : 04-Apr-2016Light ruby-red colour with purple hues and some depth at the heart, lighter edged. The nose is softly concentrated with harmoniously interwoven aromas of dark red cherry fruit with delicate nuances of thyme herbs and spices, and aromatic red floral elements. Medium-bodied, the palate features bright, vibrant and fresh fruit flavours of red cherries entwined with subtle notes of thyme herbs and red florals that form an elegant core. The mouthfeel is enlivened by crisp, lacy acidity and the palate flows along a fine line with supple tannin extraction. This has good tension and vitality, and carries to a bright, juicy finish of red cherry fruit. This is a fresh, vibrant, fruit-focussed Pinot Noir with flavours of red cherries and a lively, supple mouthfeel. Serve with firm-fleshed seafood, poultry and pork, and with Asian cuisine over the next 4 years. Hand-picked fruit, clones 777, 667, 5 and 10/5, destemmed and indigenous yeast fermented to 13.0% alc., the wine spending 25-30 days on skins, the wine aged 10 months in 15-20% new French oak. 17.5/20 Apr 2016 RRP $34.99
Scott Base ‘Reserve’ Central Otago Pinot Noir 2015Pinot Noir from New Zealand - OtagoReview Date : 04-Apr-2016Light, even ruby-red colour with pale purple hues on the rim. This has a elegantly concentrated and firm nose with aromas of dark red berry fruit and black cherries melded with dark thyme herb and nutty oak notes, along with subtle, savoury spice layers that unfold in the glass. Medium-full bodied, rich, juicy and luscious flavours of dark-red berry fruits are entwined with dark herb, nutty oak and spicy, earthy notes, forming a soft, but well-packed core. The fruit is supported by supple tannin structure and underlined by acid energy. The fruit grows in richness and carries to a long finish of dark-red fruits and spices. This is a rich, juicy and well-concentrated Pinot Noir with good energy and supple textures. Match with lamb, beef and venison over the next 5+ years. Hand-picked fruit, the wine based on clones 777, 5 and 10/5, destemmed and indigenous yeast fermented to 13.5% alc., the wine spending 25-30 days on skins, the wine given extended maturation in 30-35% new French oak. 18.0/20 Apr 2016 RRP $49.95